‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ Showrunner to Write ‘Tomb Raider’ Reboot

Published 2 years ago by , Updated June 13th, 2013 at 11:02 am,

Buffy Writer to Pen Tomb Raider Reboot Buffy the Vampire Slayer Showrunner to Write Tomb Raider Reboot

The recently released Tomb Raider video game – a reboot of the series that spawned not just one, but two bad Angelina Jolie movies –  received near universal acclaim when it was released back in February. Apparently, the Uncharted-esque third-person shooter gameplay and Far Cry-esque island exploration proved to be an incredibly successful combination.

While we’ve known for some time that a film adaptation of the game was in the works (Captain America star Hayley Atwell even expressed a desire to portray Lara Croft herself), very few details regarding the film have thus far been revealed. Today, we know who’s writing the screenplay.

According to Variety, Marti Noxon has been tasked with writing the script for the film. Noxon is perhaps best known as Joss Whedon’s second-in-command on Buffy the Vampire Slayer - she took on a more prominent role after season 3 when Whedon moved to Angel and eventually became showrunner – but she’s also written the screenplays for I Am Number Four and the surprisingly well-received Fright Night remake.

We previously reported that GK Films would be working closely with Crystal Dynamics – the video game studio behind the recent reboot – to develop the adaptation. Said Crystal Dynamics head Darrell Gallagher:

“They are working from this new take that we’ve given them… 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.”

For those unaware, the Tomb Raider reboot more or less covered the origins of Lara Croft as a tomb-raiding adventurer. Over the course of the game, Lara went from being a fresh-faced archaeology graduate to a skilled, battle-hardened survivalist who could handle a bow and arrow with the best of them.

So it makes sense that GK Films would hire Noxon of Buffy fame to pen the adaptation. A young, strong woman who has to overcome bad guys and supernatural monsters with her special skill-set? Check, check, check, and check.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel Buffy the Vampire Slayer Showrunner to Write Tomb Raider Reboot

Tomb Raider, of course, is just one of a multitude of video game movies coming down the pike. In the past year alone, Need for SpeedAssassin’s CreedDeus ExTom Clancy’s Splinter CellGhost Recon, Far Cry, Watch Dogs, and Raving Rabbids have all been announced as being in development for the big screen. Chances are that at least one of those films turns out to be good, right?

Then again, the highest-rated video game movie so far (via Rotten Tomatoes) is Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within with 44% positive reviews, so I wouldn’t go holding my breath if I were you.

Are you looking forward to seeing the Tomb Raider reboot on the big screen, Screen Ranters? Drop us a line in the comments.


There’s currently no release date for the Tomb Raider reboot.

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Source: Variety

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  1. I actually liked the First Tomb Raider movie, the second one was garbage. I’d be down for a reboot if it’s done right. I think there is potential with Tomb Raider, unlike say, Monopoly or Candyland.

  2. HELL YEAH I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE THE REBOOT. i hope Olivia Wilde plays her

    • Hmm Intersting… I was all MEH!! then you mentioned Olivia, she’d be pretty good or having a think Olga Kurylenko… she can do peppy action chick.

      Officially gone from MEH!! to HMMMM!!

      • Olivia Wilde or lyndsy fonseca but I’m all for a tomb raider movie!

  3. I feel like Jennifer Lawrence would make a really good Lara Croft based off of the new game. If we could get her to talk with a British accent all is well.

    • Wouldnt that just make her exectly like her other role in hunger games? Diff reality etc but pretty much the same character beats.

  4. Angelina Jolie should remain as Lara Croft lol

  5. Camilla Luddington needs to play her on the big screen, she’s gorgeous !

    • That’s a good call, she does look the part.

  6. I think the woman who did the voice and movements for Laura in the new game should play her. they look alike and she is absolutely gorgeous and has the sexiest British accent I have ever heard. I believe she would be the best choice plus there was an interview where she even said she wanted to play Laura in the movie.


      • Wow big deal he put a U in there by mistake.

  7. i say lyndsy fonseca should play lara croft it has to be someone in the early 20′s. And her acting is getting better in nikita. She also pretty bad ass in it