Evan Daugherty (“Divergent,” “Snow White And The Huntsman”) has been brought onboard to pen the latest draft of the script for the cinematic reboot of the “Tomb Raider” franchise at GK Films and MGM. The latter will co-finance and co-produce the project, and Warner Bros. Pictures will ultimately distribute the film.
Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics rebooted the long-running video game series in 2013 with “Tomb Raider,” a high-profile title which scored major acclaim from all corners and was ultimately a good seller.
In that game we followed a younger and more realistic 21-year-old version of British archaeologist Lara Croft. The story showcases how she started out as a frightened young woman who is forced to become a hardened survivor when she is shipwrecked on a dangerous island.
The games companies are said to be working closely with GK Films to adapt the film which will follow the new game’s style, rather than showing off the more polished and bombastic tone of the two Angelina Jolie-led movies from just over a decade ago.
At the time of the new film’s announcement two years ago, Crystal Dynamics head Darrell Gallagher said: “It was important for both of us to have a cohesive version of the franchise. We didn’t want to see a film version that was a continuation of the old ‘Tomb Raider’ films.”
Daugherty takes over from former “Buffy” and “Fright Night” scribe Marti Noxon who came onboard the project back in June 2013.