TOMB RAIDER Reboot Will Be Written by TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES Scribe
It looks like there's a good chance that the Tomb Raider reboot being developed by Warner Bros. and MGM could be very disappointing. The studio just hired Evan Daugherty to write the script for the film. He has previously written the film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which sucked; Divergent, which was mediocre; Snow White and the Huntsman, which sucked; and he's currently working on G.I. Joe 3, which has been a pretty crappy film franchise.
I know it's not easy to write a script for a movie. A lot of work goes into it, and Daugherty is obviously a hard worker. But being a hard working screenwriter doesn't mean the scripts they write are good, and this guy doesn't have a very good batting average. Yeah, the films make a lot of money, but let's be honest, that's because of the built-in fanbase of the franchises. For the most part, the reviews for the films that he's worked on have been terrible.
That being said, if he's writing the new Tomb Raider reboot, I'm not expecting much. Of course, I hope it's good! But when they bring on someone like Daugherty to write it, my faith in the project goes down.
Tomb Raider was first adapted into a feature film back in 2001, and it starred Angelina Jolie. At the time it was released I really enjoyed the film. When I look back at it now, I don't see why. I guess it was just the excitement of seeing one of my favorite video game characters brought to life.
According to Deadline, the reboot is on "a fast track, and there is strong progress to production language in the rights deal with Square Enix." Iron Man screenwriters Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby were initially brought on to develop the film, and it seemed they had a good handle on what they wanted to do with it. I guess the studios didn't think so.
The reboot will feature a younger Lara Croft as she embarks on her first adventure.