Mark Fergus [pictured] and Hawk Ostby wrote the upcoming Cowboys & Aliens as well as Iron Man and earned an Academy Award nomination for Children Of Men.

GK Films said the Tomb Raider films would generate “daring new adventures for the young and dynamic Lara Croft.”

Graham King and business partner Tim Headington will produce. No casting has been announced.

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

“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.

“It is great to have such a high calibre of writing talent on board to realise the film vision of this exciting project,” Phil Rogers, president and CEO of Square Enix Europe, said.

Square Enix subsidiary Crystal Dynamics released a new origins story game last December after the original game was published in 1996 by Eidos of London.

Paramount famously adapted the video game into two films starring Angelina Jolie which together grossed $432m worldwide.