Disney Plans White Fang Remake with Motorcycle Diaries Writer
Oscar-nominated writer Jose Rivera (The Motorcycle Diaries) has been tasked with writing the screenplay, which will be a modern-day adaptation based on the Jack London novel. The 1991 movie White Fang was set at the turn of the 20th Century, centering on a young Alaskan man (Ethan Hawke) who befriends a wolf dog during the Gold Rush, as they get into a number of adventures involving starving wolves, grizzly bears, dog fighters and Aboriginal settlers. That adventure spawned the 1994 sequel White Fang 2: Myth of the White Wolf.
The original novel was set in Canada's Yukon Territory, and told through the perspective of the wolf dog and his story of survival. The title animal's rescue from dogfighters by a young man was only a small part of the book, but it isn't known how faithful this new version will be to the original text.
Cinematographer Lance Acord, who has shot Spike Jonze films such as Being John Malkovich, Adaptation and Where the Wild Things Are, is making his directorial debut, although it isn't known when production may begin. Lance Acord most recently shot God's Pocket, and his other credits include Sofia Coppola's Lost In Translation and Marie Antoinette. Jose Rivera most recently wrote On the Road and the upcoming Chilean miner drama The 33.