We're due for a new Tomb Raider movie. Does the world need a new Tomb Raider movie? Actually, yes. As Joss Whedon recently lamented, there just aren't enough strong, heroic, franchise-ready female characters out there. It's been over a decade since Angelina Jolie last donned the short shorts and thigh-high gun holsters on the big screen. Eidos is still churning out games set in that world (pictured above is the latest version of the character), and there's still plenty of appeal in a franchise about a sexy, weapon-packing archeologist who knows her way around ancient ruins. Lara Croft's ripe for a revisit, plain and simple.
Paramount, which was behind the pair of Jolie films, has been talking about making a new film for years now, but it never acted on it. The studio's rights to the property lapsed and were promptly snapped up by big-shot producer Graham King (Hugo, The Town) who found the project a new home at MGM. It was there that King brought on Iron Man writers Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby to write the screenplay, but apparently their take wasn't enough to launch the film into production because now it's found a new screenwriter in Marti Noxon. That last part is an inspiring matchup that gives us hope that a new Tomb Raider may be more than just a, "Hey, that outfit will sell tickets" kind of reboot.
If you're unfamiliar with Noxon's work, she's spent much of her career in the world of TV, writing and producing a variety of shows including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Glee and Mad Men. On the big screen she's penned I Am Number Four and Fright Night (as well as a few unreleased projects, including a live-action Tinkerbell movie and a new Fox Animation movie). Regardless of the format, though, Noxon has a tremendous track record of working with female characters that are strong willed and independent, the two primary attributes of Lara Croft.
Of course hiring Noxon isn't a guarantee that this is going to be an awesome, female-driven adventure movie that doesn't just bank on the sexuality of its main character, but it's a pretty damned encouraging sign that will be the case. Even Fright Night had considerably more complex gender dynamics than most were willing to give it credit for, so we're betting that she'll deliver the goods. And with the stewardship of the character in safe hands, thoughts naturally turn to who should play the next Lara Croft. We'll leave that guessing game to the comment section below.