Disney is developing a live-action movie about two of the key figures in the 1925 Nome Serum Run — sled dog Togo and sled driver Leonhard Seppala.
The studio has hired Tom Flynn to write the script. Nome became famous in 1925 as the destination of the serum run, also known as the Great Race of Mercy, in which dog sleds played a major role in transporting diphtheria serum through harsh conditions over nearly 700 miles to save the city from an epidemic.
Gunnar Kaasen and his lead sled dog Balto became known for running the final leg of the serum run while Seppala and his 12-year-old lead dog Togo ran the penultimate and longest leg in temperatures that were 30 degrees below zero in gale force winds.
The story will focus on the unlikely friendship between man and dog. Togo was an unruly and undersized puppy but showed great leadership qualities and became the lead dog at age 5. He passed away in 1929.
The project has not been set up with a producer. Jessica Virtue and Louie Provost are overseeing the project for the studio.
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Flynn wrote the Blacklist script for “Gifted,” which is in production wth Marc Webb directing and Chris Evans starring. Fox Searchlight will release the movie, produced by FilmNation with Andy Cohen.
Flynn is repped by Original Artists and managed by Andy Cohen. His attorney is Shelley Surpin. The news was first reported by The Tracking Board.