Sam Worthington is attached to star in Dan Dare, a big-budget movie version of the English science-fiction character. Dare was hugely popular in Britain in the 50s, appearing each week in the Eagle comic. Jut-jawed Dare, aided by his tubby sidekick Digby, would fight the evil Mekon week after week in its pages. Basil Iwanyk of Thunder Road is producing, with Dan Lin (Sherlock Holmes) and Colin Frewin executive producing.

Frewin has produced a screen version of Dan Dare before. Back in 2002 he produced a dreadful CGI cartoon that aired on Five and Sony TV distributed internationally. I remember going to the launch party. There, the weird assortment of guests included model Sophie Dahl and British radio institution Sir Terry Wogan (71). And that’s the problem. Dan Dare means a huge amount to those who grew up in the 50s. Sixty-something Englishmen will no doubt be thanking Warner Bros with tears of gratitude. I doubt anybody else remembers who Dan Dare is.

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