Syfy has taken a lot of chin music from fans and critics about the way it defines the genre they’re supposedly dedicated to covering. Is it reality series, professional wrestling, and purposefully-horrid creature features, or should the channel aspire to actual science fiction? The Expanse answers that question handily with a series that clearly wants to walk in the vaunted foot steps of Battlestar Galactica, or perhaps it really has its sights on being “Game of Thrones in space.” The premiere episode that airs tonight, part one of a two-night launch, lays a particularly full table of possibilities, but can The Expanse pay off? (more…)
Great Female Action Heroes: Sarah Conner, Ellen Ripley…and Lara Croft? New Writers Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby Say So
Are there any fans out there who actually have some love for the first two Tomb Raider movies? *shakes head* I don’t get it. Ya, you’ve got an Indiana Jones type character with huge tits, but those flicks were ridiculously cartoonish. It was all eye candy and not much else. Brainless and unexciting.
OK, that’s the extent of my opinion on the existing Tomb Raider flicks. Suffice to say, I didn’t like them and think, like everything else that fails, the video-game to film franchise should get a reboot. Which it is. And, the latest word on it is rather promising.
Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby have been hired to write the Tomb Raider reboot being produced by GK Films’ Graham King and Tim Headington. GK Films bought the film rights to Square Enix’s classic video game featuring Lara Croft about two months ago, and plans to reboot the action franchise for a 2013 release of the first film.
Fergus and Ostby adapted the screenplay for Alfonso Cuaron‘s Children of Men, and were nominated for an Oscar. They wrote 2008’s Iron Man and were involved as one of the several writers for Cowboys and Aliens. Dude, did you see Children of Men? If that’s any indication of what the duo can do, consider me bright eyed. Course, to be fair, Children of Men was adapted from a novel, but regardless.
The writers released a rather confident statement about their plans for the franchise, saying that they want to create an “origin story for Lara Croft that solidifies her place alongside Ellen Ripley and Sarah Connor in the pantheon of great female action heroes.”
Whoa. Same wheelhouse as Ripley and Connor? That’s a bold promise, but I think these two can pull it off.
The origin story might be too much. Yes the character needs to be humanized, but a full on superhero type back story is unnecessary. If anything, the character of Lara Croft needs some work. She doesn’t really have anything that makes her tick. She’s just a adrenaline junkie with tits. I just hope that Fergus and Ostby realize that what made Ripley and Connor great was that they were unexpected heroes. They were average woman (for the most part) that got tossed in extraordinary circumstances and BECAME bad-asses as a result.
At this time, no actors have been cast in the film. With the a reboot being an origin story it means Angelina Jolie won’t be returning as Lara Croft. While I thought she was forgettable, others don’t. So I ask, who do you think can take on the mantel? My vote goes to Jamie Alexander, who you can see as lady Sif in ‘Thor’.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter