It’s Official! Sam Worthington is Dan Dare: Pilot of the Future

Warner Bros. is heading into space with “Dan Dare,” closing a deal for the feature rights to the British property with Sam Worthington attached to star.

Basil Iwanyk (“Clash of the Titans”) will produce through his Thunder Road banner.

“Dan Dare,” created by Frank Hampson, first appeared as a comic in 1950 and centered on a gallant chief pilot of the Interplanet Space Fleet. Time frame was the 1990s and the complex adventures were set on planets presumed to have extraterrestrial life.

Dare, described as the British equivalent of Buck Rogers, also appeared in radio programs and a TV series, “Dan Dare: Pilot of the Future.”

Rights were obtained from Dan Dare Inc. through Colin Frewin, who exec produces along with Dan Lin.

Worthington, who’s been attached to “Dan Dare” for several months, recently wrapped “The Fields” for producer Michael Mann, and will next be seen in John Madden’s “The Debt” opposite Helen Mirren. He also recently announced an imprint deal with Radical Publishing under which his Full Clip Prods. will create content for comicbooks and films.

WB-based Iwanyk is a producer on Ben Affleck’s crime drama “The Town,” due out in September., and “Clash of the Titans 2,” with Worthington returning as the lead

Warner execs are Sarah Schechter, Ollie Madden and Matt Milam. Kent Kubena is overseeing for Thunder Road.


It still too early for me to decide whether this is good or bad news in terms of casting. I liked Sam in both Terminator and Avatar although I did feel that the roles were very similar. He would not have been my first choice to take on the role of the iconic Brit Space hero but then again I don’t know who I would have picked. At the moment I can’t seem him as Dare but I’ll wait until the cameras start rolling and I see some actual footage before stamping my feet like a child.

I am glad to see that a film has been commissioned though as I’ve always been a big fan of the comics and the character so I’m interested to see what Hollywood does with it. Of course I’m hoping what we get is something that is faithful to the Dan Dare that I know and love and they don’t decide to make him some grim and gritty BSG flawed hero.

My money is on the Mekon being CGI, any takers?

So what do you think of this casting news?

Source: Variety

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