Expect Lara Croft To Develop An Addiction To Magic, Become Possessed By Eggs

Marti Noxon has been hired to write the screenplay for the Tomb Raider film reboot, ostensibly based off the successful and popular rebooted game. I have mixed feelings about this. I have nothing against her personally, but Noxon is in certain groups a polarising figure, and is largely (fairly or not) blamed for the swift downturn in quality during Buffy season 6 (while Joss focused on developing Firefly). Since her Buffy days, Noxon has been a producer on Mad Men, Private Practise, Glee and has written for them all. I cannot speak to the quality of these particular episodes, since these three shows (and purely by coincidence, pretty much every other show on her filmography) are ones I cannot stand to watch. That is not a judgement against her, its a judgement against those particular shows, and possible proof that we simply have incompatible tastes in fiction.

What makes me uneasy is that, film wise, Noxon has written only the scripts for I Am Number Four and the Fright Night remake. Those were not good films. By any stretch of the imagination. That does not inspire confidence in her potential Tomb Raider film (once is an accident, twice is coincidence, three times is an enemy action), especially now that the Tomb Raider franchise has shrugged off the thick vernier of cheese cake, and might actually have something of substance to add to the modern culture. What is nice to see, for the second time in a row, is a female writer being given control over the Lara Croft character (following Rhianna Pratchett on the game). And any movement towards a grounded, complex, human Lara Croft rather then one intended to cause pre-teens to salivate is a good move.

A hollow, cynical person might suggest that the push for a new Tomb Raider film is an attempt to cash in on the "warrior woman" wave that has gripped the movie studios, following the Hunger Games and Brave, and that is exactly what I will do. Because I'm a hollow, cynical person. But, at least that is a far and away better reason to make a Tomb Raider movie then the reason the Angelina Jolie movies exist, which was pretty much just "boobs" (a similar "legs" variation is the best explanation for the continued existence of the Resident Evil films).

I wish and hope for the best from the script and the film, and considering that Noxon has also been hired by Pixar to write an as of yet undisclosed film, I hope her future output is better then her prior examples. But, as with most things in life, I'm not going to get my hopes too high. That's just good sense.

Via Collider.
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Adopting the descriptor of "successfully unpublished author", MR. Clark began writing things on the internet in 2012, which he believed to be an entirely reputable and civilized place to find and deliver information. He regrets much.


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