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The Secret Journeys of Jack London Headed to the Big Screen

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May 25, 2010
Source: Deadline

Jack London

If you're making a movie about author Jack London, writer of such famed stories as Call of the Wild, White Fang and The Sea Wolf, you'd probably make an in-depth biopic on the trials and tribulations of the writer, his family and his battles against plagiarism accusations. But instead, writers Christopher Golden and Tim Lebbon decided to turn London into a supernatural adventurer with the novel The Secret Journeys of Jack London: The Wild. Deadline reports Fox 2000 has acquired rights to the series, which follows a young Jack London, before he became a writer, as he treks through the frozen north during the Gold Rush.

In the novel, London finds many perils in the Yukon Territory, some of them monstrous legends come to life in yet another re-imagining of a real-life man from history having his world turned into a fictional canvas of action and excitement. This project can be tossed into the growing pile of similar projects also featuring Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov's adaptation of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, the Natalie Portman led Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, another zombie fueled re-imagining of The Beatles that's titled Paul is Undead, as well as Warner Bros' new action adventure film Leonardo Da Vinci and the Soldiers of Forever.

However, this deal with Fox was a pre-emptive strike as the first book in the series won't even be published until March 2011. Both authors, Golden and Lebbon will also be writing the adaptation themselves, and we'll let you know as soon as we hear more about this interesting project. Sound like this has any potential?

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  • I remember reading Call of the Wild when I was a kid, and from what little I know about Jack London the author, his life story could make a great movie. I'll look forward to this one!
  • I highly recommend the book, and hope you'll read it! I have been a lifelong fan of Jack London, and I feel like this reimagining is engaging, imaginative, and as it's upfront about adding the supernatural element, readers should be able to separate the fact from fiction while appreciating the truths that it does hold.

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