Sam Worthington Signs for Allan Quatermain Sci-Fi Adventure
by Ethan Anderton
May 14, 2010
While everyone seems to be up in arms about the 3-D craze that is being exploited by every single studio in Hollywood, I'm even more sick of Sam Worthington being offered or attached to nearly every project under the sun. The agitation continues as Heat Vision reports that the actor will both star in and produce a science fiction take on classic literary hero Allan Quatermain, the protagonist in H. Rider Haggard's 1885 novel King Solomon's Mines. Add this to Worthington's growing list of projects also including comic book adaptation Dan Dare: Pilot of the Future, Alex Proyas' Dracula Year Zero, and the thriller The Fields.
Though Haggard's first book in his series has Quatermain leading an expedition into an unexplored region of Africa to find the brother of a friend as well as a fabled treasure of the lost mines, this new science fiction update will modernize and upgrade the story to planetary exploration. DreamWorks' version of this tale, with Worthington, is set in a time in which humans have left Earth and sees Quatermain return to the planet from a sojourn in space, embarking on another King Solomon’s Mines-style adventure but on a planet-wide scale. No director is attached and although Mark Verheiden was the writer behind the first script when the project was initially revealed early last year, there will very likely be a re-write in the screenplay's future.
Hopefully this version of Quatermain turns out better than the one in League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, which not even Sean Connery could save from an abysmal comic book adaptation. We'll keep you updated!