THE CALL OF THE WILD (2020) MOVIE NEWS & REVIEW
the CALL OF THE WILD(2020) movie
Genre | Adventure
Classification | PG
Running time | 120 minutes
Released | 20 February 2020
Harrison Ford ... John Thornton
Karen Gillan ... Mercedes
Jean Louisa Kelly ... Katie Miller
Dan Stevens ... Hal
Bradley Whitford ... Judge Miller
Wes Brown ... Mountie
Terry Notary ... Buck
Michael Green ... (screenplay by)
Jack London ... (based on the novel by)
box office result
Worldwide $200 million
Australia $? million
North America $? million
The role of John Thornton, here played by Harrison Ford, was previously portrayed by Rutger Hauer in the 1997 TV adaptation of the story. Both actors famously appeared opposite each other as enemies in BLADE RUNNER (1982).
The fully CGI model of Buck is a digital scan of a real dog, adopted during production from the Emporia, Kansas animal shelter by director Chris Sanders' wife, Jessica Steele-Sanders. Coincidentally, the dog's name was "Buckley." Buckley is the same kind of mixed breed as Buck is described in Jack London's book: a cross between a St. Bernard and a Scotch collie-type dog (a medium-sized herding dog, similar to a border collie or Australian shepherd). When Jessica Steele-Sanders adopted Buckley as a companion for the Sanders' other dog, Brody, the CG model for Buck at that time was loosely based on a Bernese mountain dog -- however, when the producers saw Buckley and learned that he was the same sort of mixed breed as the dog in the book, it was decided that Buck in the film would be changed to a digital scan of Buckley.
Live-action directorial debut of Chris Sanders.