Sam Worthington to play a sci-fi Allan Quatermain

After working blue in Avatar and battling the 3-D Kraken in Clash of the Titans, Sam Worthington will next saddle up to play Victorian adventurer Allan Quatermain, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The billion-dollar Thunder From Down Under will star and produce DreamWorks’ Quatermain, a sci-fi take on the literary hero originally created by H. Rider Haggard. Quatermain, best known as the hero of the rollicking, old-timey novel King Solomon’s Mines, will venture into outer space in the new outing, thanks to a script penned by Mark Verheiden — who, incidentally, wrote the only truly awesome Jean-Claude Van Damme movie, TimeCop. No director has been announced yet.

While we’re certain that no expense will be spared on the project now that a box-office titan like Worthington is on board, let’s pray that it once and for all erases the memory of this shameless 1985 Indiana Jones rip-off, starring Richard Chamberlain and Sharon Stone:

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  • Stacie

    I love Timecop.

  • Matt

    I dig the sarcasm re: Sammy’s box office draw-ability.

  • mark in nyc

    Maybe they can spend a couple of million on getting him a decent accent?

  • Maria

    he should try to do a serious role to make himself an actor, not just a movie star.

  • JLC

    Isn’t Allan Quartermain supposed to be charismatic?

  • EK

    It’s QUATERMAIN, you fools. Read a book.

    • Skippy

      Quit being such a jack*ss, EK! It was obviously a typo. Perhaps, you should not be so quick to judge. Jerk.

      • Sandy

        What’s he even talking about. It says ‘Quatermain’ right there in the headline. Take a pill, dude.

    • anonymous

      No kidding Skippy! Guys a TOTAL jerk. God forbid he ever decide to write something and make a mistake.

  • Amanda

    I love Allan and I love Sam. Who cares if he wants to be a movie star? At least he isn’t beating around the bush. I admire his straightforwardness. This could be stupid though… especially since the words that stuck out to me were “Victorian” and “space”. We’ll see. And by that I mean I’ll see, since I’d see Sam in just about anything.

  • Ryan

    Um, I for one, have very fond memories of the Richard Chamberlain movie, yes it was a knock-off, yes it was cheesy, but it was actually pretty good, and i go back and visit it often. The sequel, king solomon’s mine’s, however, was atrocious

  • Ellio

    Why can’t Sam do a sexy thriller, ala Body Heat or DOn’t Talk To Strangers? I would love to see him naked…

    • Tess

      You should check out Macbeth then. He takes a shower and has a “love scene” with the 3 witches. It’s Australian and set in modern times and is kinda, um we’ll say an interesting take on Shakespeare, but I thought seeing him in the shower was worth the rental price.

      • Stacie

        In my queue baby!

  • anonymous

    Sam Worthington is an decent actor but he doesn’t have the kind of charisma that an action star needs.

  • Johnny T

    What a nice thing to say about Van Damme.

    The guy has many action classics under his belt, Bloodsport, Double Impact, and Universal Soldier. That is much better then “TimeCop” In my book.

    If you wrote ” from the writer of the Van Damme classic “Timecop”. Would have been better, you are posting you’re opinion has a fact. I know I disagree with you.

    You have right to opinion like if you said my favorite or the only Van Damme film I really like. Would have been Ok because it stays personal.

  • dylan

    Stop criticizing Sam Worthington so much, guy seems humble and straightforward enough, and as far as his accent is concerned, he’s new in american films, i bet it took Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Eric Bana, Nicole Kidman, and others a while to get the hang of it

  • Pamela

    Knock off? Really? Haggard created Quatermain ages before, and Quatermain was admittedly the inspiration for Indiana. Give them each the credit they are due, but don’t get the cause and effect switched around. I agree with the suggestion… READ A BOOK!

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