"Avatar" star goes back to future in "Quartermain"

Fri May 14, 2010 2:43am EDT
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By Borys Kit

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - "Avatar" hero Sam Worthington is attached to star in "Quatermain," a sci-fi take on the literary hero. He also will make his debut as a producer on the DreamWorks feature project.

Allan Quatermain was the protagonist of "King's Solomon's Mines," a Victorian adventure novel by H. Rider Haggard, and its sequel, "Allan Quatermain." In the first book, Quatermain leads an expedition into an unexplored region of Africa to find the brother of a friend as well as a fabled treasure of the lost mines.

DreamWorks' version 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.

Worthington is joining "Smallville" duo Alfred Gough and Miles Millar among the producers on the project, which has no director and is in the development stages.

He is coming off playing Perseus in "Clash of the Titans," the remake that has grossed more than $454 million worldwide. His previous movie, "Avatar," grossed more than $2.7 billion.

<p>Cast member Sam Worthington attends the premiere of "Clash of the Titans" at the Grauman's Chinese theatre in Hollywood, California, March 31, 2010. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>