Sam Worthington Confirms His Involvement in 'Dan Dare' Movie
Earlier this month we reported on a casting rumor that Aussie actor Sam Worthington would be playing Dan Dare: Pilot of the Future in an upcoming adaptation of the sci-fi British comic book series about the chief pilot of the Interplanet Space Fleet. I didn't think the news was false, however it's always good to get solid confirmation from the person involved. MTV talked with Worthington recently, who confirmed that he is involved with Dan Dare as well as another comic book adaptation called The Last Days of American Crime (first reported last November). Best of all, he seems pretty damn excited about taking on Dan Dare.
"'Dan Dare,' same type of thing — we're seeing how they're going to develop it and where they want it to go," he said. "I'm at that stage now where I want to do movies where I get my $16 worth. … Something like 'Dan Dare,' there was something in the reboot by [Garth Ennis] that was amazing."
If he enjoyed the series enough and feels like a Dan Dare movie could be one that is worth paying $16 for, then I'm all for it, too. That reboot he's talking about is a reboot of the comic that launched in 2008 through Virgin Comics (pick it up on Amazon). Introduced in 1950, the property is one of the UK's most successful comic series ever and is described as a British version of Buck Rogers. Originally, no writer or director was attached, but I have a feeling they have a script or spec at least, or else Worthington wouldn't be speaking so enthusiastically about this. I'm not even sure why, but I'm pretty damn excited about this adaptation as well.