Chris Hemsworth may be looking at another film franchise in his future. The Tracking Board reports that the “Thor” star is “circling” “Allan Quatermain,” a script based on the main character of the 1885 novel “King Solomon’s Mines” by H. Rider Haggard.
The project is envisioned as the start of a potential film franchise — the Quatermain character appeared in 14 books written by Haggard, so there’s plenty of material to choose from. Though the script, written by Barnett Brettler, isn’t yet set up at a studio, it’s said to be “white hot,” with attention from Sony.
The Quatermain character — an English big-game hunter who spends most of his time in Africa and frequently engages in adventures — famously appeared as a lead character in Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill’s acclaimed “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” comic book series, and was portrayed by Sean Connery in the considerably less acclaimed 2003 film adaptation. Richard Chamberlain and Patrick Swayze have both also played the character in live action.
Beyond the Marvel Studios films — Hemsworth appeared as Thor in this year’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and will next be seen in the role in 2017’s “Thor: Ragnarok” — the Australian actor will also return to his role as The Huntsman in “The Huntsman: Winter’s War,” scheduled for release in April 22, 2016. Hemsworth also will appear in 2016’s “Ghostbusters” reboot, though not as one of the main characters — he plays the squad’s receptionist.
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