Tomb Raider Reboot Will Be a "Character Piece" Says Producer
11.21.11 by Ryan
Fans of 2001's Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and 2003's Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life have been waiting a long time for another installment, but, earlier this year, plans were officially announced for a Tomb Raider reboot, which would go back into the origins of the character and follow a 21-year-old version of the video game character.
As casting rumors continue to circulate (Megan Fox is a no, but Thor's Jaimie Alexander is interested) and Iron Man screenwriters Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby continue to work on the script, producer Graham King (The Departed, The Town) offered ComingSoon a small update on the reboot, which is due for release in 2013.
Listen, the box office, they weren't disasters but I find it interesting that the story that we're telling is really the story before she became Lara Croft, so it is a character piece. It does have a lot of really great characters, but it's a lot of action and a lot of fun, and for me, it's something very different. I've not really done a movie like that before, but I really gravitated to rebooting this franchise and we're going to give it a shot.
Both of the previous Tomb Raider movies were a big success for Paramount and cemented Angelina Jolie as a movie star. The first movie grossed nearly $275 million worldwide, while the sequel was considerably less successful, earning only $156 million worldwide.
The character of Lara Croft was first introduced in the 1996 video game Tomb Raider and created a enormously successful franchise that will continue next year with the release of ninth installment, also titled Tomb Raider and, reportedly, a reboot of the video game franchise. In the upcoming game, Croft is again a 21-year-old version of the character and it's very possible that the movie reboot will take cues from the game reboot.