Maybe you thought Harrison Ford was wrapping things up.
Maybe you thought Blade Runner 2049 and Indiana Jones 5 and Star Wars: The Force Awakens were this iconic actor's way of taking one last victory lap before fully retiring to a beach somewhere, a comically-oversized Mai Tai in one hand and a damn good book in the other. Maybe you thought ya mans was done picking up new projects.
Apparently not! According to Variety, Ford has officially entered negotiations to headline a new adaptation of Jack London's The Call of The Wild. The film, which will be directed by Chris Sanders (Lilo & Stitch) from a script written by Michael Green (that guy is everywhere these days, isn't he?), is set to go into production this September, and Variety says Ford's all ready to go. In case you hadn't heard, he just had a hole open up in his schedule.
London's novel is set in the 1890's, and told largely from the point of view of Buck, a St. Bernard-Scotch Shepherd who finds himself kidnapped and shipped off to Alaska to become a sled dog during the Klondkike Gold Rush. Ford would be playing a tough-as-nails old prospector by the name of John Thornton, who develops a close bond with the dog during their adventures. It's here that I will confess to having never actually read Call of The Wild, but -given what I do know - I'm confident predicting that we're all gonna end up crying during this movie.
Given the source material and the pedigree of the creative team, this one's got "Likely Homerun" written all over it. We're excited to learn more, and will be keeping our ear to the ground for further updates as they roll in. Stay tuned.