The Call of the Wild is a 2020 American adventure film based on the Jack London 1903 novel of the same name and Twentieth Century Pictures‘ previous 1935 film adaptation. The film is directed by Chris Sanders, in his live-action directorial debut, written by Michael Green, and stars Harrison Ford, Dan Stevens, Omar Sy, Karen Gillan, Bradley Whitford, and Colin Woodell.
The film is scheduled to be released on February 21, 2020 by 20th Century Studios. It received mixed reviews from critics, with some criticizing the CGI animals as uncanny, though others praised the “entertaining action and earnest tone”.
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.
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. In August 2018, Colin Woodell joined the cast. In September, Omar Sy and Karen Gillan were added to the cast.In October, Bradley Whitford joined the cast,with Cara Gee joining in November.
Principal photography on the film began in late-September 2018 in Los Angeles. The movie was not shot on location, extensive use was made of CGI. Some of it was also shot on sets in Los Angeles and some exteriors in Santa Clarita, California.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 69% based on 45 reviews, with an average rating of 6.1/10. The site’s critics consensus reads: “It’s undermined by distracting and unnecessary CGI, but this heartwarming Call of the Wild remains a classic story, affectionately retold.”
On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 53 out of 100, based on 19 critics, indicating “mixed or average reviews”.
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