“Thor” star Chris Hemsworth is looking to add another iconic character to his resume as the Australian actor is reportedly circling a new adaptation of H. Rider Haggard’s pulp adventure character Allan Quatermain.
The news comes from The Tracking Board which says Barnett Brettler (“20 Mississippi”) has penned a new spec script which is drumming up interest in the iconic character who first appeared in the 1885 novel “King Solomon’s Mines” and went on to star in fourteen novels through 1927.
The character is a British big game hunter and marksman who spent most of his years in South Africa during the colonial era. He was a chief inspiration for the character of Indiana Jones and has been played by several different actors over the years – most notably in two 1980s Cannon Films starring Richard Chamberlain and Sharon Stone. Stewart Granger, Patrick Swayze and Sean Connery have also played him on screen.
CAA is trying to attach Hemsworth to the property which Sony Pictures is already considering as a potential acquisition. Hemsworth was previously attached to play a different pulp hero, Doc Savage, in Shane Black’s long in the works film adaptation of that series – but there’s been little movement on that project.