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Sam Worthington has yet another potential franchise: Allan Quatermain

05.13.2010

After being passed through the rectum of a gigantic crocodile (I assume that's what happened to him off-screen in ROGUE), Aussie Sam Worthington has taken Hollywood by storm with some high-profile parts. But while some of them (TERMINATOR SALVATION, CLASH OF THE TITANS) may or may not make return trips to the screen, he's got plenty of other options.

Worthington is now attached to QUATERMAIN, a Dreamworks sci-fi re-imagining of the classic literary character Allan Quatermain. According to Heat Vision, the story "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 planetwide scale."

Genre guys Alfred Gough and Miles Millar ("Smallville", upcoming I AM NUMBER FOUR) are producing this one. Whether this will impact Worthington's involvement with the space-adventurer project DAN DARE is unknown, since the material seems superficially similar.

Like a number of other recent big-budget projects such as SHERLOCK HOLMES, H. Rider Haggard's hunter/adventurer Quatermain (which helped inspire the good Dr. Jones) is in the public domain, which means studios can reap financial benefits from familiar characters without having to clear rights. Although, tragically, many moviegoers today probably only know the Quatermain character from Sean Connery's portrayal in LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN.

Speaking of public domain, Worthington is also attached to a DRACULA project that will be a "period retelling" of the legend.

Extra Tidbit: Patrick "The" Swayze played Quatermain in a TV miniseries of KING SOLOMON'S MINES, alongside INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE villainess Alison Doody. The chick digs hatted adventurers.
Source: Heat Vision

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7:33PM on 05/14/2010
I have absolutely no prob with SW... and I'd rather have a Quatermain series with a young hero than any more Indiana Jones flicks.
I have absolutely no prob with SW... and I'd rather have a Quatermain series with a young hero than any more Indiana Jones flicks.
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3:55PM on 05/14/2010
This guy needs to get out of cinema and go back to making houses.

He has zero charisma. Complete boring shit
This guy needs to get out of cinema and go back to making houses.

He has zero charisma. Complete boring shit
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3:36PM on 05/14/2010

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plus she had great tits
plus she had great tits
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3:22PM on 05/14/2010
He's kinda been half and half with me so far. I actually liked him in terminated while bale annoyed the shit out of me. He was just efficient in avatar and honestly disappointed me in clash of the titans. Dont really think he could play an adventure hero type, but hopefully im wrong.
He's kinda been half and half with me so far. I actually liked him in terminated while bale annoyed the shit out of me. He was just efficient in avatar and honestly disappointed me in clash of the titans. Dont really think he could play an adventure hero type, but hopefully im wrong.
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1:21PM on 05/14/2010

Why the hate?

Regardless if Terminator Salvation was subpar movie, Sam Worthington wiped the floor with Christian Bale in it, and that's saying something.
Regardless if Terminator Salvation was subpar movie, Sam Worthington wiped the floor with Christian Bale in it, and that's saying something.
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11:15AM on 05/14/2010
Worthington is a charisma-free bore of the cinema. He doesn't even change his looks; the same Supercuts buzz and stubble in every movie. Sam said he would "like to go on 'Dancing With The Stars'" -- please do, and leave Hollywood to the real stars and actors.
Worthington is a charisma-free bore of the cinema. He doesn't even change his looks; the same Supercuts buzz and stubble in every movie. Sam said he would "like to go on 'Dancing With The Stars'" -- please do, and leave Hollywood to the real stars and actors.
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10:30AM on 05/14/2010
I'm not understanding the Sam Worthington hate. Down-rank me into oblivion if you wish, but I think he's a fine actor and he's never really bothered me. Also, this Quatermain update doesn't bother me either. I think it's cool how people are writing new stories around old public domain properties. Color me optimistic.
I'm not understanding the Sam Worthington hate. Down-rank me into oblivion if you wish, but I think he's a fine actor and he's never really bothered me. Also, this Quatermain update doesn't bother me either. I think it's cool how people are writing new stories around old public domain properties. Color me optimistic.
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8:14AM on 05/14/2010
oddly that plot synopsis made me think a live action remake of Ulysses 31 would be pretty awesome, especially if they kept a lot of the original design work intact. not heard about it being made yet, but I'm sure it's only a matter of time.
oddly that plot synopsis made me think a live action remake of Ulysses 31 would be pretty awesome, especially if they kept a lot of the original design work intact. not heard about it being made yet, but I'm sure it's only a matter of time.
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7:33AM on 05/14/2010
"Sam Worthington has taken Hollywood by storm"

I can't imagine Sam Worthington storming anything; it all sounds far too exciting. Unless it's a tornado of tedium?

Hollywood's reached its nadir when a non-event like this guy can become one of its biggest stars. I couldn't pick him out of a line-up after staring at his mugshot for a week. He's the colour beige of acting.
"Sam Worthington has taken Hollywood by storm"

I can't imagine Sam Worthington storming anything; it all sounds far too exciting. Unless it's a tornado of tedium?

Hollywood's reached its nadir when a non-event like this guy can become one of its biggest stars. I couldn't pick him out of a line-up after staring at his mugshot for a week. He's the colour beige of acting.
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7:16AM on 05/14/2010
I think I have Sam's current script selection criteria pinned down:

Guy with personal crisis/issues lands at an unfamiliar place in search of someone/something, an incident during his journey shows how he's different from the others, has to choose between conflicting sides, and finally ends up fighting against his own and coming out the winner. and chances are, its a continuation / re-telling / similar to a movie that's already been made.

yea, that pretty much sums it up. now to find out
I think I have Sam's current script selection criteria pinned down:

Guy with personal crisis/issues lands at an unfamiliar place in search of someone/something, an incident during his journey shows how he's different from the others, has to choose between conflicting sides, and finally ends up fighting against his own and coming out the winner. and chances are, its a continuation / re-telling / similar to a movie that's already been made.

yea, that pretty much sums it up. now to find out how well it holds up against Allan Quatermain.
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7:06AM on 05/14/2010
Okay, this guy seriously needs to stop getting roles. When will studio execs realize that he has NO personality or charisma, and couldn't act to save his life? Allan Quatermain has the potential to be an Indiana Jones-type character, but you need an actor dripping with charisma and on-screen personality to fill that role, not a wooden plank like Worthington!

Boo!
Okay, this guy seriously needs to stop getting roles. When will studio execs realize that he has NO personality or charisma, and couldn't act to save his life? Allan Quatermain has the potential to be an Indiana Jones-type character, but you need an actor dripping with charisma and on-screen personality to fill that role, not a wooden plank like Worthington!

Boo!
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6:49AM on 05/14/2010
This sounds interesting enough. Worthington has yet to let me down with any of his movies and I think the dude has the potential to be the next best action hero along side with The Rock.
This sounds interesting enough. Worthington has yet to let me down with any of his movies and I think the dude has the potential to be the next best action hero along side with The Rock.
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11:50PM on 05/14/2010
Hasn't let you down yet? Maybe you've never heard of Clash of The Titans.
Hasn't let you down yet? Maybe you've never heard of Clash of The Titans.
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5:57AM on 05/14/2010

This guy has the best agent in history

I think Worthington is a decent actor who should consider himself very lucking landing so many juicy parts.
I think Worthington is a decent actor who should consider himself very lucking landing so many juicy parts.
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2:41AM on 05/14/2010
...but I am up for some more Quartermain. Watched the two movies recently and man they were pretty ashy. We're so much more forgiving when we're children, but I did like the mythology so I'd be keen for another one.
...but I am up for some more Quartermain. Watched the two movies recently and man they were pretty ashy. We're so much more forgiving when we're children, but I did like the mythology so I'd be keen for another one.
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2:40AM on 05/14/2010
What is it about Sam Worthington? I wonder if he's just plain enough to not be the main drawing point of a film but likeable/aspirational enough for people to not mind him in movies. I've got nothing against the guy, he seems to be a relatively decent actor but he's really not got the charisma to be in the movies that he somehow finds himself in.

Well up Sam, never ever fire your agent cause he's doing one helluva job!
What is it about Sam Worthington? I wonder if he's just plain enough to not be the main drawing point of a film but likeable/aspirational enough for people to not mind him in movies. I've got nothing against the guy, he seems to be a relatively decent actor but he's really not got the charisma to be in the movies that he somehow finds himself in.

Well up Sam, never ever fire your agent cause he's doing one helluva job!
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2:35AM on 05/14/2010

that's a load of shit

you don't fucking put Quatermain in the future. if you're going to do that just fucking make up your own character in the vain of Quatermain if you want but change his fucking name.
it's a fucking dishonor to the character in my book.
you don't fucking put Quatermain in the future. if you're going to do that just fucking make up your own character in the vain of Quatermain if you want but change his fucking name.
it's a fucking dishonor to the character in my book.
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2:03AM on 05/14/2010
Q: Do you know why Medusa couldn't freeze Worthington in Clash Of The Titans?
A : Because the man (including his face) is already made of effing stone!

Seriously, Worthington has got to buck up a lil' and show more charisma on screen!
Q: Do you know why Medusa couldn't freeze Worthington in Clash Of The Titans?
A : Because the man (including his face) is already made of effing stone!

Seriously, Worthington has got to buck up a lil' and show more charisma on screen!
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1:33AM on 05/14/2010

I like Worthington

I don't know about this Quatermain project but I'm looking foward to Dracula.
I don't know about this Quatermain project but I'm looking foward to Dracula.
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12:31AM on 05/14/2010

No

Nothing against Sam Worthington. He's a tolerable flavor of the monthe. I just really wish he would stay away from one of my favorite literary characters. What the crap is this about making it into a futuristic Indy Jones adventure? Sounds like a decent enough original story. Is it so much to leave it at that?
Nothing against Sam Worthington. He's a tolerable flavor of the monthe. I just really wish he would stay away from one of my favorite literary characters. What the crap is this about making it into a futuristic Indy Jones adventure? Sounds like a decent enough original story. Is it so much to leave it at that?
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12:28AM on 05/14/2010

Dude can't act!

and how the hell is he going to fit into a Dracula movie? If he's playing the Count, I'm going to bust a gut laughing . . . and so will Gary Oldman.
and how the hell is he going to fit into a Dracula movie? If he's playing the Count, I'm going to bust a gut laughing . . . and so will Gary Oldman.
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12:25AM on 05/14/2010
They lost me at the picture of Worthington.
They lost me at the picture of Worthington.
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11:57PM on 05/13/2010
They lost me at the set in future bit
They lost me at the set in future bit
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11:56PM on 05/13/2010
It's from the Smallville fellas. I'll pass.
It's from the Smallville fellas. I'll pass.
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