Buffy the Vampire Slayer writer Marti Noxon has been tapped to pen MGM’s upcoming Tomb Raider reboot.
The details of the plot are still being worked out, but the film will most likely follow Lara Croft on one of her international adventures. Whether the heroine will parallel her video game counterpart remains to be seen. Lara was played by Angelina Jolie for two films, but the second one, Cradle of Life, performed poorly and did not make enough money to complete what was supposed to be a trilogy.
The Tomb Raider reboot is being developed by Graham King (Argo), who will also produce the film through his GK Films banner. King picked up the rights to the project and took them to MGM after Paramount let them expire.
In addition to Buffy the Vampire Slayer (and its spinoff, Angel), Noxon also adapted The Glass Castle for Lionsgate. The Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence is set to play author Jeannette Walls in the film adaptation of her best-selling memoir of the same name. The memoir recounts Walls’ and her siblings’ unconventional childhood and upbringing at the hands of their highly dysfunctional parents. The children experienced extreme poverty, as well as bullying, and moved around several times in their parents’ attempts to make a fresh start.
Marti Noxon is best-known for being a TV showrunner, but has made the move to film. She wrote the screenplay for DreamWorks’ I Am Number Four and Fright Night, both released in 2011.
MGM’s upcoming reboot comes after the release of Square Enix’s Tomb Raider. While the fifth Tomb Raider title developed by Crystal Dynamics in the franchise, the 2013 Tomb Raider is the first installment in a new continuity. The current version focuses on Lara’s origins, and so features a younger heroine than the one in the original series. Tomb Raider (the current version) went on to sell one million copies within the first 48 hours of its release, and sold 3.4 million copies in its first month.
Are you a fan of Marti Noxon’s work? Do you think she will do a good job with the Tomb Raider reboot?