It’s been close to fourteen years since Paramount Pictures introduced the filmgoing world to a live-action iteration of Lara Croft a la actress Angelina Jolie based on Square Enix’s popular Tomb Raider game franchise. The film did well for itself while its sequel didn’t perform equally at the box-office and that’s so far been the history of the franchise until 2011 when GK Films’s own, producer Graham King acquired the rights with MGM announcing their partneship for a theatrical reboot.
This week, the film is reportedly on the fast track according to Deadline so we could be hearing some pretty cool casting news soon enough. In the meantime, Snow White And The Huntsman, Divergent and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles scribe Evan Daugherty has been tapped to pen the script. Acclaimed writers Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby (Children of Men, Iron Man) completed their own version of a Tomb Raider film several years ago as production was expected to start sooner, whereas King himself described the plot as more of a “character story” featuring a younger Lara Croft with lots of action.
Ultimately, Daugherty’s addition means some changes will be made to fit the narrative, so any hopes of looking into earlier names like Hayley Atwell (Agent Carter), Olivia Wilde (Cowboys And Aliens) and Sharni Vinson (You’re Next), may be moot at the moment. Nothing is quite clear yet as to how they plan to tell the story here so it’s all basically speculative as far as this film is concerned; If you’re curious about what Vinson herself said a few years ago about her interests in the role, click here. Otherwise, stay tuned for more info.