With his time as one of Earth's Mightiest Heroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe possibly winding down, Chris Hemsworth may have found a new franchise to star in. The Tracking Board reports that the actor is circling a new spec script entitled Allan Quatermain, written by up and coming scribe Barnett Brettler. Sony Pictures is eyeing the script, which is being considered to start a new franchise.
No story details have been given thus far, but the Allan Quartermain character has been seen on the big screen several times. The beloved character first appeared in H. Rider Haggard's 1885 novel King Solomon's Mines, which spawned 13 sequels. On the big screen, the character has been played by Richard Chamberlain in the 1985 adaptation of King Solomon's Mines, and its 1986 sequel Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold. Most recently, Sean Connery portrayed the adventurer in 2003's The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, and Patrick Swayze played this iconic character in the two-part 2004 miniseries adaptation of King Solomon's Mines.
In the original novel, Allan Quatermain is a big game hunter who is well-versed with the South African terrain. He is often recruited to go on adventures in search of treasure. The character is one of the major influences on Harrison Ford's iconic Indiana Jones. In the King Solomon's Mines novel, the character is described as 55 years old with a lanky build and a white beard, although he has never been portrayed as such in any of the big screen adaptations.
DreamWorks had previously attempted to craft a modern-day version of this beloved character, with Sam Worthington attached to star at one point, but the movie never got off the ground. Since this is being eyed to start a franchise, it's possible this version of Allan Quatermain will provide an origin story for this beloved character, although it isn't known if the script is being adapted from King Solomon's Mines, or any other literary source. The franchise potential may all depend on whether or not Chris Hemsworth finalizes a deal to star.
Chris Hemsworth will next be seen in director Ron Howard's In the Heart of the Sea, which hits theaters on December 11. We reported last month that the actor will start production on Thor: Ragnarok next summer in Australia. He also has two potential blockbusters hitting theaters next year, The Huntsman: Winter's War (April 22, 2016), alongside Charlize Theron, and Ghostbusters (July 15, 2016), where he plays the male secretary for the new female Ghostbusters, played by Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon. What do you think about Chris Hemsworth portraying Allan Quatermain?