In a story from Pajiba, Sam Worthington (Avatar) recently inked a deal to star in Dan Dare: Pilot of the Future.

This British sci-fi comic was picked up by Virgin Comics (and Richard Branson) a few years ago. The character of Dan Dare has been in comic strips since 1950. He was created by Frank Hampson. The character is described as "chief pilot of the Interplanet Space Fleet."

Branson originally wanted to bring the character back in comics and then move into films with him. When this didn't happen, Warner Bros. got involved and signed up Worthington.

There isn't a writer or a director on board yet but the studio is looking to fill those slots. It seems that with Worthington involved they want to fast track the production.