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Fox 2000 is stepping up development of “The Secret Journeys of Jack London,” tapping John Collee (“Master and Commander”) to adapt the supernatural thriller.

Studio acquired rights last year to “The Secret Journeys,” penned by Chris Golden & Tim Lebbon, and set up the project with Pete Donaldson producing at his Donaldson Media and Consulting label.

“The Secret Journeys” was published this year by Harpercollins. In it, the young Jack London, driven by the thrill of adventure and the promise of gold, sets off on a journey to the Yukon at the end of the 19th century and 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.

Collee, who co-wrote “Master and Commander” with director Peter Weir, also wrote “Happy Feet” and the upcoming “Walking With Dinosaurs 3D.” He worked as a doctor around the globe and his published novels include “Kingsley’s Touch,” “A Paper Mask” and “The Rig.”

Collee is represented by Alex Lerner at Kaplan/Perrone and Verve in the U.S. and Norman North at The Agency Group in the UK.