The reboot of the Tomb Raider movie franchise has just procured its writers. The scribe duo behind the first Iron Man and this summer's Cowboys & Aliens, Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby are now on board in this cinematic effort to revive iconic video game heroine, Lara Croft.
It was announced a few months back that producers Graham King and Tim Headington of GK Films would be producing this film, which will likely be accompanied with the earlier-announced reboot of the Tomb Raider videogame franchise. Just as the game announcement made a huge impact with some amazing character art of a younger, but more tormented version of Lara Croft, the folks behind the film may have proven that they're serious with the acquisition of some serious writing talent.
Will it be enough to restore the franchise to its glory?
According to a released statement, the ambitious aim of this film is to create an "origin story for Lara Croft that solidifies her place alongside Ellen Ripley and Sarah Connor in the pantheon of great female action heroes."
Yet, this film will have some interesting challenges. They will have to pick up the pieces and restart after they put out two films with Angelina Jolie, who brought a version of Lara Croft that was as close to a perfect rendition as one could find. That's going to be hard to overcome, and even with the list of dream candidates, ranging from Olivia Wilde to Jennifer Lawrence, there just doesn't seem to be any feasible big marquee names that would bring the "wow" factor.
Also, considering that the new game also seems set to tackle an origin story with a younger version of Lara, it makes one wonder if a cross-promotional strategy with the game ends up putting creative limits on the film. It certainly wouldn't surprise me if the new game's gritty, darker style and storyline would, by mandate, reflect the movie's. (Or vice-versa.)
What do you think of a Tomb Raider movie reboot with the writers of Iron Man on board? (Could this mean that Jon Favreau is circling?)
Source: The Hollywood Reporter