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The Call of the Wild is a 2020 adventure film directed by Chris Sanders and written by Michael Green. It adapts the Jack London novel of the same name.

A domesticated St. Bernard/Scotch Collie dog named Buck is stolen from his home in Santa Clara, California, and sold to freight haulers in the Yukon during the Klondike gold rush. After being mistreated, he ends up in the care of a lone outdoorsman named John Thornton.

The film stars Harrison Ford as John Thornton, Dan Stevens as Hal, Omar Sy as Perrault, Karen Gillan as Mercedes and Bradley Whitford as Judge Miller. Buck the dog is a CGI character to render him more expressive and have him do elaborate stunts.

It is due to release on February 21, 2020 as the first film under the 20th Century Studios banner, after Disney declared in January that year that "Fox" is to be dropped from the name of 20th Century Fox. Coincidentally, the 1935 film adaptation was the last film released under 20th Century Pictures before they merged with Fox.

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  • Bears Are Bad News: A grizzly bear is menacing towards John Thornton and Buck in the trailer.
  • Big Friendly Dog: The trailer shows Buck is a big St. Bernard/Scotch Collie, and he saves a woman from drowning in a frozen river and bonds with John.
  • Cute Clumsy Creature: In the trailer, Buck almost inadvertently breaks a vase while running in the corridor of his former home.
  • The Hermit: In the trailer, John says he "came up here [in the Yukon] because [he] didn't want to be around anyone".
  • Nature Is Not Nice: The cold and snowy Yukon is described as "a dangerous place" in the trailer.
  • Race Lift: Perrault is white in the novel and most adaptations, and he's portrayed by the African-French Omar Sy here.

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