First published in 1903, author Jack London's The Call of the Wild continues to resonate as one of the greatest survival stories of all time.
The gritty and often harrowing story recaps the odyssey of Buck, a domesticated mixed breed dog who is kidnapped and removed from his cosy life to take his place as a sled puller in the wilds of Alaska. As Buck is passed through the hands of various owners, by turns brutally violent and caring, he begins to feel the inexorable draw of his primal ancestry.
London's classic has been adapted for the big screen several times before, and in 2020 we're treated to a brand new adaptation, courtesy of How To Train Your Dragon co-director Chris Sanders. The movie mixes live-action performance with CGI motion capture effects – in the case of the latter, Planet of the Apes motion capture maestro Terry Notary portrays the increasingly conflicted Buck.
Putting a recognisable human face on proceedings is the reliable Harrison Ford, who portrays kindly gold prospector John Thornton, with whom Buck establishes a strong bond. The Guest's Dan Stevens also stars as violent sled musher Hal, one of the more unpleasant individuals to feature in Buck's life.
The first trailer indicates plenty of sweeping, snow-blasted landscapes, which will no doubt prove an inspiration to both Sanders and composer John Powell, who delivered all three thrilling scores for the How To Train Your Dragon series. Check out the trailer below.
The Call of the Wild is released in Cineworld cinemas on the 14th of February 2020. Excited? Let us know @Cineworld.