Disney Pictures is developing a new adaptation of Jack London’s classic story “White Fang”.
Jose Rivera (“The Motorcycle Diaries”) has been hired to pen the new version on which award-winning cinematographer Lance Acord (“Being John Malkovich,” “Lost in Translation”) will make his feature directorial debut.
Disney previously adapted the story in 1991, turning it into a film about a young man (Ethan Hawke) in Alaska during the turn-of-the-20th-century Gold Rush who comes to befriend a wolf dog during his adventures.
The new film is expected to be more loyal to London’s more ambitious book which was set in the Yukon Territory and followed the life of the wild wolf dog from the animal’s point of view.
It is also a violent story of survival, so no word on how ‘gritty’ Disney plans to go with the material.