Gavin Hood is in negotiations to direct an untitled Alaskan adventure project for Walden Media. Mark Johnson is producing.
Based on Gay and Laney Salisbury’s book “The Cruelest Miles: The Heroic Story of Dogs and Men in a Race Against an Epidemic,” the true story centers on a 674-mile journey undertaken by 20 men and 200 dogs who rushed a diphtheria antidote to Nome, Alaska, in 1952. The group braved temperatures of minus-60 degrees, a phenomenon known as ice fog and other dangers, capturing the attention of the lower 48 states. One lead dog even got a statue in New York’s Central Park.
Sean O’Keefe and Will Staples wrote the adaptation.
Walden is eyeing a summer start for the project, which at one point was in development at Miramax under the title “Ice Bound.”
The deal marks the first project for Hood since directing “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” which grossed $373 million worldwide.
Walden is eyeing a summer start for the adventure movie, which should give Hood plenty of time to schedule TV work; he is attached to direct “Breakout Kings,” which recently was picked up as a pilot by Fox. He is coming off the pilot “Tough Trade,” which he directed for Epix.
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