GK Films taps Fergus, Ostby for 'Raider'

The writing team of Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby (“Cowboys & Aliens”) have been tapped to pen GK Films’ reboot of the “Tomb Raider” film franchise.

Graham King and Tim Headington are producing.

“Mark and Hawk’s clear sensibilities of action and emotion are perfect for the direction we are taking this franchise,” King said.

GK Films announced in March that it had acquired feature rights to the Lara Croft franchise from Japanese vidgame company Square Enix, with the goal of a 2013 release.

Fergus and Ostby’s credits include “Children of Men” and “Iron Man.” “We are thrilled to be working with Graham King and his formidable team — and we aim to write an origin story for Lara Croft that solidifies her place alongside Ellen Ripley and Sarah Connor in the pantheon of great female action heroes” Fergus and Hawk said.

The 15-year-old vidgame franchise is one of the most popular in the more than 35 million game units sold worldwide. Paramount produced a pair of films — 2001’s “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” and 2003’s “Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life,” both starring Angelina Jolie as the Brit archaeologist — with combined worldwide grosses totaling $432 million.

British gamemaker Eidos launched the first Tomb Raider game in 1996 as a series of tombs through which players guide Lara Croft on a dangerous journey. Warner Bros., which owned 20% of Eidos, had launched development of a Tomb Raider project several years ago with Dan Lin producing, but the feature rights went to Square Enix after Eidos agreed in 2009 to be purchased by Square Enix for $120 million.

GK Films produced “Rango” and is in post-production on “Hugo Cabret,” an untitled love story written and directed by Jolie, the crime drama “London Boulevard” and “The Rum Diary.”

Fergus and Ostby are represented by CAA.

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