'Iron Man' & 'Children of Men' Writers to Pen 'Tomb Raider' Reboot

May 5, 2011

Tomb Raider

Back in March we learned that GK Films, the company behind films like The Town and Rango, had picked up the rights to the Tomb Raider video game franchise for a feature film reboot. Now it looks like the wheels are finally turning on the project as the company has just announced that writers Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, the duo behind screenplays for films like Iron Man, Children of Men and most recently Cowboys & Aliens have been hired to script the reboot. Producer Graham King says, "Mark and Hawk's clear sensibilities of action and emotion are perfect for the direction we are taking this franchise." More below!

The video game series and subsequent film franchise starring Angelina Jolie from the last decade followed daredevil archaeologist Lara Croft as she travels the globe trying to recover mysterious artifacts and dealing with other shady adventurers and thieves. Apparently Fergus and Ostby will go back to the beginning for this new film saying, "We aim to write an origin story for Lara Croft that solidifies her place alongside Ellen Ripley and Sarah Connor in the pantheon of great female action heroes." But the question is who could play the sexy and skilled adventurer? Olivia Wilde comes to mind as my top choice, but there's plenty of actresses out there. Who do you think should play Lara Croft?

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I loved Children of Men and I'm looking forward to Cowboys & Aliens so i'm interested to see where they go with this. I would love to Yvonne Strahovski get this role. She may not be brunette but she can definitely handle the action scenes and sell the emotional ones as well.

Dee on May 5, 2011


Wow! Children on Men was a fantastic screenplay...I'm very excited to see what the duo can do with this.

Xerxexx on May 5, 2011


Great idea! I loved The Blind Side...

peloquin on May 5, 2011


Gemma Arterton or Odette Yustman would work IMO.

David Perretta on May 5, 2011


That fact that this project is getting developed is an utter fucking mystery to me. I understood the earlier Tomb Raider films, because Tomb Raider was actually prominent in pop culture at that point. Lara Croft was an icon, and they hadn't killed the property with endless shitty sequels. Lara Croft is no longer a successful IP. You would be better off doing an angry birds or black ops movie or something. At least a property that today's 13 year olds are actually going to recognise.

Lebowski on May 6, 2011


Screw the 13 year old's that don't recognize the Tomb Raider franchise. I think Hollyweird caters to that demographic too much with the crap that has been released as of late. I wanna see what Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby can do with this character, Children of Men was fantastic.

Xerxexx on May 6, 2011


Oh, I don't disagree with that, children of men was superb. but at the end of the day, even when I was a teenager playing this series, it never struck me as that good a property. Lara lacks a lot of personality, and the basic concept of tomb raider has been done many times before, and better (indiana jones). still, hopefully he can do something compelling with it.

Lebowski on May 6, 2011


You're are right, Croft as a character...well she hasn't been developed, so perhaps Fergus and Ostby can bring something new to the character.

Xerxexx on May 6, 2011


It could be a co producer that gets hired as long as they had a part in Children of men Im automatically interested.

Cody W. on May 6, 2011

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