Cruelest Miles, The: Alaska's 1925 Epidemic Story

June 26, 2008–Walden Media is reteaming with “Chronicles of Narnia” producer Mark Johnson for the true story of a team of men and sled dogs that braved temperatures of 60 below to save an Alaskan town from a deadly epidemic in 1925.

Walden acquired rights to “The Cruelest Miles: The Heroic Story of Dogs and Men in a Race Against an Epidemic,” Gay and Laney Salisbury's book.

Sean O'Keefe and Will Staples will pen the script, which tells the story of how a team of 20 men and more than 200 sled dogs undertook a 674-mile race against time to deliver a vaccine to combat an incipient epidemic of diphtheria afflicting a Gold Rush town deep in Alaska.

O'Keefe and Staples recently completed “The Murder of King Tut” for Sony and director Roland Emmerich.