New Tomb Raider movie gets Iron Man writers. Olivia Wilde denies rumors that she’s the next Lara Croft

It's a fact so obvious it barely needs repeating that not all videogames make for good movies. InFamous' Brian Flemming, for instance, just this week stated that a screen adaptation of his open-ended, good-or-evil title is “infinitely far away.” However one property with proven screen chops – even if one out of two ain't great – is Tomb Raider, whose 2013-scheduled reboot just picked up two of Hollywood's hottest writers.

Screenwriter Mark Fergus and possible Megaman boss Hawk Ostby's previous work together includes the original Iron Man and the inventive thriller Children of Men, whose script earned them an Oscar nomination. They've just been added to the credits for the new Lara film, with producers GK Films modestly announcing their ambition to bring Croft to “her place alongside Ellen Ripley and Sarah Connor in the pantheon of great female action heroes.”

Above: Iron Man writers Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby say "Yes" to the new Tomb Raider film. Actress Olivia Wilde says "No."

Above: Actress Olivia Wilde (Tron: Legacy, Cowboys & Aliens) denied rumors that she’ll be playing Lara Croft in the 2013 reboot

Meanwhile Olivia Wilde, who worked with Fergus/Ostby on their new Cowboys and Aliens, tactfully denied rumors she was a frontrunner for the role of young Lara even while sticking her hand up for the role: “As far as I know right now, I'm not playing Lara Croft. That would be so awesome.” The movie, much like Crystal Dynamics' upcoming restart of the game franchise, is said to focus on Lara's youth and origins as a raider of tombs. Who'd you like to see in the lead?

May 5, 2011

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