'Tomb Raider' Reboot Adds New Writer as Warner Bros. Comes on Board

"Divergent" and "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" screenwriter Evan Daugherty will pen the long-discussed "Tomb Raider" reboot from MGM and Graham King, Deadline reports.

Warner Bros. is also on board to co-finance and distribute the film, which the website contends is now "on a fast track."

King announced in 2011 that he'd acquired the film rights from video game publisher Square Enix and planned to reboot the action-adventure franchise, focusing on the character's origins. It was originally targeted for a 2013 release to coincide with Square Enix's video game reboot "Tomb Raider." However, little progress appeared to be made, with "Iron Man" writers Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby initially hired for the task, to be followed two years later by "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" veteran Marti Noxon.

Archaeologist-adventurer Lara Craft was famously portrayed by Angelina Jolie in two movie adaptations, 2001’s "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider" and 2003’s "Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life," which grossed a combined $432 million worldwide.

Released in 1996 by Eidos, now part of Square Enix, "Tomb Raider" became one of the most successful video games of its time, with the original and its sequels going on to sell more than 35 million units. Square Enix released the rebooted "Tomb Raider" in 2013, with the follow-up "Rise of the Tomb Raider" set to arrive late this year.

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