Sam Worthington To Star in Sci-Fi Allan Quartermain Movie for DreamWorks
05.16.10 by BJSprecher
Actor Sam Worthington has portrayed a lot of different genre characters during his relatively short career in Hollywood, from a cyborg (Terminator Salvation), to a blue alien (Avatar), to a godling (Clash of the Titans). Now, he's adding futuristic adventurer to his resume. According to THR, Worthington will produce and star in Quartermain, a sci-fi adventure movie based on the character of Allan Quartermain from Victorian adventure writer Sir H. Rider Haggard's classic novels King Solomon's Mines and Allan Quartermain.
Haggard's King Solomon's Mines, first published in 1885, tells the story of Allan Quartermain, an English adventurer and hunter who travels into the unexplored jungles of Africa in search of an explorer that disappeared while searching for the legendary lost mines of the biblical King Solomon. The book, and its sequel, Allan Quartermain, are credited with launching the "Lost World" sub-genre of adventure fiction and have been adapted for the big screen more than a half-dozen times. The main character is often credited as the primary inspiration for George Lucas' Indiana Jones.
Quartermain is set up at DreamWorks and marks Worthington's debut as a producer, joining Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, co-producers of The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor. Mark Verheiden (My Name is Bruce) wrote the screenplay, which, according to THR, "is set in a time in which humans have left Earth and sees Quartermain return to the planet from a sojourn in space, embarking on another King Solomon’s Mines-style adventure but on a planetwide scale." No director or release date have been announced as of yet.