'Tomb Raider' Getting a 'Buffy'-Esque Script

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While the "Lara Croft" film franchise fizzled out with movie two in 2003, there are still fanboys (and girls) aplenty gaming away as the Tomb Raider on whatever archaeological adventures the femme's gotten herself into now, so MGM wants a turn trying to make the double-pistol-fister a go for the big screen.

And they've brought in a big gun, so to speak, to script their franchise excavation.

The studio has hired "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" writer-alum Marti Noxon to revive the mummified story, per Variety, and while details on the story are still as unknown as the location for that blimey Holy Grail, it is expected that the film'll follow Ms. Croft on another of her international adventures ... because obviously.

Moxon is best known for her writing and producing work on TV's "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," so she's got some considerable experience grappling with rough-and-tough female protagonists alright.

Not to mention, Paramount's "Lara Croft" effort wasn't exactly scoffable in and of itself.

The first, "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider" featuring Angelina Jolie as the braided bada**, scored $131 million domestic (granted, it was on a $115 million budget) and took the throne as the U.S.'s most successful video game-to-film adaptation. It was the second, unfortunately titled "Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life," which put the brakes on the would-be trilogy, earning just $156 million worldwide.

The latest video game installment to the "Tomb Raider" series was released in March and has already sold over 3 million copies. As Buffy might say, "Add it up, and it spells 'duh'!"

Let's start the rumor mill turning on which "Buffy" alums will front the pic, shall we?

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