'Avatar' Star Sam Worthington To Produce, Appear In 'Quatermain'

Actor will play treasure hunter back from outer space in sci-fi adaptation of literary tale.

Science fiction was very good to [movieperson id="243115"]Sam Worthington[/movieperson] in 2009. His Marcus Wright was one of the bright spots in "Terminator Salvation," and he finished the year in grand style, starring in James Cameron's record-shattering sci-fi epic, "Avatar." It's no wonder the actor will make his debut as a producer in an out-of-this-world take on famed literary treasure hunter Allan Quatermain.

Worthington will produce and star in DreamWorks' "Quatermain," an update of the character introduced in H. Rider Haggard's Victorian-era adventure "King Solomon's Mines." In the original book, published in 1885, the hero travels to unexplored Africa in search of a friend's lost brother, who was himself looking for the untold treasures hidden away in the king's mines.

The Hollywood Reporter's Heat Vision blog reveals that in the update, Worthington's Quatermain returns to planet Earth after spending time away in outer space. Humans are gone, but the hero is back for another " 'King Solomon's Mines'-style adventure but on a planetwide scale."

"Quatermain" was first revealed as a DreamWorks project last year, with "Timecop" writer Mark Verheiden penning a sci-fi-angled script.

Quatermain has had a number of big-screen portrayals, most recently by Sean Michael in the 2008 direct-to-video "Allan Quatermain and the Temple of Skulls," released by the Asylum, the studio behind "Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus." Sean Connery took on the character in 2003's "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen," as part of a super-team of literary heroes that included Captain Nemo, Tom Sawyer and the Invisible Man. Patrick Swayze played Quatermain a year later in the two-part TV miniseries re-telling "King Solomon's Mines."

Worthington will produce with "Smallville" executive producers Miles Millar and Alfred Gough. No director has been named, though the film will presumably be built off of Verheiden's script.

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