Tomb Raider film gets Iron Man writers

Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby named as scribes for GK Films' adaptation of Square Enix property; set to tell origin story.

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Lara Croft is expected to return to the silver screen in 2013, marking a full decade since Angelina Jolie last portrayed the Square Enix-owned action heroine in Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life. While it remains to be seen who will replace Jolie in the lead role, GK Films today announced Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby will be the writing team to put words in her mouth.

Fergus and Ostby are perhaps most known for adapting Marvel Entertainment's Iron Man comic for the big screen in 2008. The two also worked on the Oscar-nominated script for Alfonso Cuaron's Children of Men, as well as Warner Bros.'s proposed adaptation of the heralded Japanese anime Akira.

Two men have been charged with capturing the spirit of Lara Croft.

GK Films, which acquired the rights to create a new film franchise based on the Crystal Dynamics-created property in March, said that Fergus and Ostby will be going back to Lara Croft's roots with the first installment in the planned series.

"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," Fergus and Ostby said in a statement. Crystal Dynamics has previously noted that its next game set in the Tomb Raider franchise will also tell a Lara Croft origin story.

GK Films has previously announced that Graham King and Tim Headington will serve in producing roles for the film. Actors have yet to be cast for the film.

Discussion

37 comments
Ragewind91
Ragewind91

I think it has to be someone new, someone fresh. there's a lot of untapped talent out there. I hope they find the a good match.

IgorZeCruel
IgorZeCruel

Hmm, i realise this will be my first post ever on Gamespot, but I figure its a good place to begin. The problem with Keira Knightley is obvious, she lacks anything remotely resembling breasts, and we are after all talking Lara Croft here...

MrOreo123
MrOreo123

I realize I'm a bit late, but what about Keira Knightley? She's hot, British, younger than Angelina by nearly 10 years (given that it's an origin story reboot, it wouldn't make sense for Angelina to still be playing this role), and already has high-profile action movies under her belt (Pirates franchise).

MEDzZ3RO
MEDzZ3RO

@A1pha0mega Tomb Raider's unlucky to make it to a movie blockbuster level anyway; Prince Of Persia is the most successful video game tie-in yet as a film wasn't that great. It's sad to say but Tomb Raider's past its best and is unlikely to compete with the well-established Uncharted series now. An Uncharted film would be more successful sadly...

A1pha0mega
A1pha0mega

@MEDzZ3RO Megan Fox is not the obvious choice but a terrible choice that would only serve to reduce this new film to the dreadful level of the previous Tomb Raider films! How about an English actress playing an English character. The less American stars attempting English accents the better!

MEDzZ3RO
MEDzZ3RO

@syafiqjabar Apparently it might seeing as I do actually like Jolie alongside most of her films. There are loads of actresses that could play her, I just stated Fox would be the obvious choice. British actress would indeed be nice

syafiqjabar
syafiqjabar

@MEDzZ3RO It doesn't take Freud to figure out you never liked Jolie. Nowhere is it suggested that she insists on being cast in the new movie. In fact, she never said anything about it except maybe she would consider it if given the role again. No, the filmmakers are the one who wants a new actress because they want the movie to be about a young Lara. As for the new actress, there actually a lot of young actresses in Hollywood that could do it like Emma Stone and Jennifer Lawrence, but I would rather get a British actress.

MEDzZ3RO
MEDzZ3RO

Loved Iron Man 1 & 2, definitely up there with Batman Begins and Dark Knight for best superhero movies. Looking forward to this. Even though she doesn't want the role, Megan Fox is still the obvious choice here. Jolie should stop being so juvenile, she's past her best; Fox is better looking, she should get over herself.

Kendojin
Kendojin

Dunno what to think honestly, most game adaptions are horrible but I always hope for the best. Comics have been doing pretty good so hopefully these writers can do Lara justice.

HT89488
HT89488

you can't use Natalie Portman, she is way to short to play Laura. -responding to a previous post further below.

Apofis_SG-1
Apofis_SG-1

Cant say i like Iron Man movies... I hope they dont screw up everything with this. And to bad they replaced Jolie. Jolie was perfect for that role.

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

Good. I didn't hate the Tomb Raider movies , I just didn't think they matched up with the games that well. Some of the stuff was just plain retarded also, as far as Lara cutting her wrist to attract a shark so she could reach the top of the water???! That kinda did it for me but Iron Man was pretty good so I hope they can get it right.

syafiqjabar
syafiqjabar

@EISPower Because they want a younger actress for a younger Lara. @kuda001 Hahaha too late, every action movie and most games with a tough female character made in the last 30 years were because of Sarah Connor and Ellen Ripley. And yes, a Legacy of Kain movie would be a hard sell to both the studio and movie going audiences. Even gamers complain about how confusing and complicated the story. As much as I like to see it, a lot of things will have to be changed. The first game can be a movie, though, as it is simple enough. Also, you must remember that Lara Croft is a cultural icon unlike Kain, Raziel and JC Denton. Look at Marvel, if Disney did not give them money to make their own studio nobody would want to make a Thor or an Avengers movie.

eyerok
eyerok

A movie on Deus Ex or Legacy of Kain would work much better if handled by competent scriptwriters and directors. In fact LoK movie could only work if the original writers were on board, and I think that one in particular would be really really hard to make as a movie. PS: The one reason I think Lara cannot be on the same level as sarah conner or ripley is that unlike both of them Lara crofts main selling point is her sex appeal.

kuda001
kuda001

Ellen Ripley & Sarah Connor are film greats and should not be used in the same sentence as Lara Croft.

newhighscore
newhighscore

seriously!? just leave this one in the tomb guys. the games rep was dragged thru the mud enough with the terrible jolie movies.

megakick
megakick

Probably because TOMB RAIDER is a self bet, Deus Ex or Legacy of the KAIN is not.

EISPower
EISPower

Dumbest idea ever Why change Angelina Jolie . IMBICILES

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

Of all the Eidos Games they could have turned into a film TR gets a reboot, Why? Deus Ex or Legacy Of Kain would make better films.

Sirbobislost
Sirbobislost

Hmmm well the writers Are good loved iron man and children of men was a pretty good film. as for the new lara I was never keen on jolie playing her in the first place Kate becksale would be my choice but since it's a reboot and an origins story's it's got to be someone younger as long as it's not megan fox which some people have mentioned (yeah she's hot but she's not right for this role at all)

shkar
shkar

How about JESSICA ALBA as in the role of LARA CROFT ....? or JESSICA BIEL ??

008Zulu
008Zulu

Hopefully they get someone who can act. Good thing this precludes Megan Fox.

organbank
organbank

Didn't we already have a generic film made? Just the same crap re-hashed over and over, no wonder the entertainment industry is in free fall. All I can say is thank f**k for real friends, pen and paper rpg and WH40K: TT!

otanikun
otanikun

Wow, that just sounds like a bad idea, Angelina was Lara Croft, why replace?

HHKev84
HHKev84

Make Lara on the same level as Ripley and Sarah Connor? That's a pretty ambitious goal. It can be done, but they have their work cut out for them! Excited for this.

soulless4now
soulless4now

Iron Man writers?! Now, I no longer have to cringe at the thought of this movie anymore!

Barighm
Barighm

Yeesh! What's with these origin stories for Tomb Raider? Stop trying to do too much! Just give us a decent archaeology adventure movie with a female hero and we will be happy.

boarwar
boarwar

how bout a full length, dark story line, Mortal Kombat?? the web series is less than 8 minutes and has virtually no fighting or gore or reason for the story being told. TR was dead when they made a sequal. make up a new movie to put a bimbo with guns in it, Striperella the movie!!

dagrimmreepa
dagrimmreepa

I wish they wouldn't go with an origin story every time a property is rebooted - there's not a single person in the world unaware of who Croft is or what she does.

JOLIVERW
JOLIVERW

The new lara, how about Natalie Portman??? Saw her in 'your highness' and looked like she could pull it off...?

shadow551991
shadow551991

Tomb Raider is so much bigger than Megan Fox, u just need to remember the first Tomb Raider, at that time who knew Megan Fox?

Halox06
Halox06

Well they are off to a good start. I wonder if they will say who will play Lara at this years E3. Megan Fox would be a great choice

cjimrun
cjimrun

Super stoked for new TR...but not Megan Fox...please.