The Call of the Wild (2020 film)

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The Call of the Wild
The Call of the Wild poster.jpg
Teaser poster
Directed byChris Sanders
Produced byErwin Stoff
Screenplay byMichael Green
Based onThe Call of the Wild
by Jack London
Music byJohn Powell[1]
CinematographyJanusz Kamiński
Edited by
Distributed byWalt Disney Studios Motion Pictures[2]
Release date
  • February 21, 2020 (2020-02-21) (US)
CountryUnited States
Budget$109 million[3]

The Call of the Wild is an upcoming American live-action CGI-animated adventure film based on the Jack London's 1903 novel The Call of the Wild and the remake of Twentieth Century Pictures' 1935 film of the same name. The film is directed by Chris Sanders, written by Michael Green, and stars Harrison Ford, Dan Stevens, Omar Sy, Karen Gillan, Bradley Whitford and Colin Woodell.

It is produced by 20th Century Fox and will be released on February 21, 2020.


A domesticated St. Bernard/Scotch Collie dog named Buck is stolen from his Santa Clara, California home and sold to freight haulers in the Yukon.



In October 2017, it was announced that 20th Century Fox was developing the film adaptation of the Jack London's 1903 novel The Call of the Wild, set in Yukon around 1890s about the Klondike Gold Rush, which would be directed by Chris Sanders from the script by Michael Green, and would be produced by Erwin Stoff.[4]

In July 2018, Harrison Ford and Dan Stevens were cast in the film, with Ford set to star as John Thornton, who goes on the hunt for gold. The film would get heavy special effects work from MPC Montréal.[5][6] In August 2018, Colin Woodell joined the cast.[7] In September, Omar Sy and Karen Gillan were added to the cast.[8][9] In October, Bradley Whitford joined the cast,[10] with Cara Gee joining in November.[11]

Principal photography on the film began in late-September 2018 in Los Angeles.[9]

In January 2019, it was announced that John Powell will compose the film's score. Powell previously collaborated with Sanders on the 2010 DreamWorks Animation film How to Train Your Dragon.[1]


The film was originally going to be released on December 25, 2019, but was pushed back to February 21, 2020, following the acquisition of Fox by Disney, accommodating the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and Spies in Disguise.[12]


  1. ^ a b "John Powell to Score Chris Sanders' 'Call of the Wild' | Film Music Reporter". Retrieved 2019-03-11.
  2. ^ a b c "Film releases". Variety Insight. Variety Media. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
  3. ^ Film and Television Tax Credit Program Program 2.0 (PDF) (Report). California Film Commission. November 2018. p. 20. Retrieved July 19, 2019.
  4. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (October 12, 2017). "'Gambit' Starring Channing Tatum Will Open Valentine's Day 2019". Deadline. Retrieved July 17, 2018.
  5. ^ Lang, Brent (July 16, 2018). "Harrison Ford Eyes 'Call of the Wild' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved July 17, 2018.
  6. ^ Lang, Brent (July 24, 2018). "Dan Stevens Joins Harrison Ford in 'Call of the Wild' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved September 27, 2018.
  7. ^ Kroll, Justin (August 30, 2018). "Harrison Ford's 'Call of the Wild' Adds Colin Woodell (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved September 27, 2018.
  8. ^ Kroll, Justin (September 13, 2018). "Harrison Ford's 'Call of the Wild' Casts Omar Sy (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved September 27, 2018.
  9. ^ a b Hipes, Patrick (September 26, 2018). "Karen Gillan Joins "Call Of The Wild" Movie At Fox". Deadline. Retrieved September 27, 2018.
  10. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (October 5, 2018). "Bradley Whitford Returns To 'Handmaid's Tale' As Series Regular, Books 2 Movies".
  11. ^ Galuppo, Mia (2018-11-07). "'Expanse' Actress Cara Gee Joins 'Call of the Wild' at Fox". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2019-03-11.
  12. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (May 7, 2019). "Disney-Fox Updates Release Schedule: Sets Three Untitled 'Star Wars' Movies, 'New Mutants' Heads To 2020, 'Ad Astra' To Open Fall & More". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 7, 2019.

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