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Sam Worthington to play a sci-fi Allan Quatermain

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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: