Fox 2000 acquired the rights to The Secret Journeys of Jack London last year. Variety reports the studio has now hired John Collee (Master and Commander: Far Side of the World) to adapt the screenplay. The novels by Christopher Golden and Tim Lebbon imagines a young Jack London in the Yukon at the end of the 19th century, where “he faces obstacles such as raging rivers, dog-sled races and villainous prospectors, while discovering something much more sinister and mysterious waiting for him deep within the frozen woods.”
As of March 2011, there are two novels in the Secret Journeys series, so we could be looking at a potential franchise. With Collee on board, the prospects are looking good. At the very least, Young Jack London sounds like a much better role model for the young ones than Percy Jackson. Read the synopsis for the first book, The Wild, after the jump.
The world knows Jack London as a writer who lived his own thrilling, real-life adventures. But there are parts of his life that have remained hidden for many years, things even he couldn’t set down in writing. Terrifying, mysterious, bizarre, and magical —these are the Secret Journeys of Jack London.
We meet Jack at age seventeen, following thousands of men and women into the Yukon Territory in search of gold. For Jack, the journey holds the promise of another kind of fortune: challenge and adventure. But what he finds in the wild north is something far more sinister than he could have ever imagined: kidnapping and slavery, the murderous nature of desperate men, and, amidst it all, supernatural beasts of the wilderness that prey upon the weakness in men’s hearts. Jack’s survival will depend on his ability to quell the demons within himself as much as those without. [Amazon]