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.
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.

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