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Cowboys and Aliens team bringing Lara Croft back to the big screen

05.05.2011

It looks as if the reported TOMB RAIDER reboot is moving ahead as COWBOYS & ALIENS and IRON MAN writers Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby have signed on to write a Lara Croft based script. Producer Graham King (THE DEPARTED) made a deal for the rights from Eidos in March and is serious about launching a new franchise. But are Fergus and Ostby the right guys for the job?

They have some flashy credits on their resume including COWBOYS, IRON MAN and CHILDREN OF MEN but they're not the sole-credited screenwriters on any of those projects. They're sharing credits on COWBOYS with higher-profile writers like Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof and much was made of how Jon Favreau and Robert Downey, Jr. ripped up the script each day before shooting.

Of course the biggest part of a Lara Croft film is figuring out who will play Lara. We ran a CAST THIS column for TOMB RAIDER last year and the readers chose Rhona Mitra first and Olivia Wilde second. I'm not sure Mitra, who was an early model for Croft, is who they're looking for but Wilde seems to be almost a perfect fit. She looks like Lara Croft, has some action chops and has even worked with Fergus and Ostby.

In addition to the movie reboot, Eidos is working on a game reboot that is set for release later this year and won't have any continuity with the rest of the franchise.

Source: Deadline

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7:42PM on 05/05/2011
I like too see Olivia Wilde or Megan Fox
I like too see Olivia Wilde or Megan Fox
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5:15PM on 05/05/2011
It's franchises like this that are actually worth relaunching. There are far too many studios trying to reboot movies that don't need to be touched.
It's franchises like this that are actually worth relaunching. There are far too many studios trying to reboot movies that don't need to be touched.
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3:12PM on 05/05/2011
Gemma Arterton. 100%
Gemma Arterton. 100%
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5:10PM on 05/05/2011
How could someone give Gemma Arterton a thumbs down? Those lousy sonsabitches!
How could someone give Gemma Arterton a thumbs down? Those lousy sonsabitches!
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1:01PM on 05/05/2011
Summer Glau or Olivia Wilde from the Americas.. Kate Beckinsale or Mitra if they want brits..
Summer Glau or Olivia Wilde from the Americas.. Kate Beckinsale or Mitra if they want brits..
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12:50PM on 05/05/2011
Has anyone considered the current Lara Croft model Alison Carroll (the one at the top of this page).
granted I don't know what her acting is like, but she looks the part and she is a profession gymnast, unlike the other ladies who've portrayed Lara.
Has anyone considered the current Lara Croft model Alison Carroll (the one at the top of this page).
granted I don't know what her acting is like, but she looks the part and she is a profession gymnast, unlike the other ladies who've portrayed Lara.
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11:44AM on 05/05/2011
Rebecca Hall.
Rebecca Hall.
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11:06AM on 05/05/2011
As long as it's not Angelina I'm down.
As long as it's not Angelina I'm down.
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10:10AM on 05/05/2011
I think Olivia Wilde is a perfect lifeform, but I'd rather they go with an unknown Brit for Lara. They're not going to find another woman to match Jolie's star power anyway, so why not go for a perfect fit for the character? And the new rebooted game looks fantastic, and this is from someone who loved the last three games and would have been perfectly fine if they just continued on the way they were going.
I think Olivia Wilde is a perfect lifeform, but I'd rather they go with an unknown Brit for Lara. They're not going to find another woman to match Jolie's star power anyway, so why not go for a perfect fit for the character? And the new rebooted game looks fantastic, and this is from someone who loved the last three games and would have been perfectly fine if they just continued on the way they were going.
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9:22AM on 05/05/2011
Just wrote a whole peice and missed the rating box. FML. Either way long story short Mitra>Wilde. But either way I'll watch the flick. ;)
Just wrote a whole peice and missed the rating box. FML. Either way long story short Mitra>Wilde. But either way I'll watch the flick. ;)
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9:19AM on 05/05/2011

hmm

This will only work with the right actress and that will behard to find. Angelina can act and she could do physical stuff, she wasnt a twig back then like she is now, so to be beliveable she has to look strong and despite Angelina having all of that the stories were awful. Its a high risk low reward project much like Wonder Woman, except no nearly as stupid or ridiculous as WW. Either way I dont see al big draw for this without a huge star and good story. I would prefer Mitra over Wilde but
This will only work with the right actress and that will behard to find. Angelina can act and she could do physical stuff, she wasnt a twig back then like she is now, so to be beliveable she has to look strong and despite Angelina having all of that the stories were awful. Its a high risk low reward project much like Wonder Woman, except no nearly as stupid or ridiculous as WW. Either way I dont see al big draw for this without a huge star and good story. I would prefer Mitra over Wilde but neither will be a box office draw.
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