Tomb Raider Reboot to Arrive in 2013
03.08.11 by Ryan
Warner Bros.' plans to reboot the Tomb Raider franchise were reported back in 2009, just six years after Angelina Jolie's second (and final) appearance as the character in 2003's Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life. In the intervening years, Megan Fox
was rumored to replace Jolie, a story that was later debunked. Little else about the reboot had been reported until last month, when Olivia Wilde's name was brought up as another possible replacement as the tiny shorts-wearing archaeologist originally created for Eidos' popular video game franchise. That casting was also debunked before the rumor could even really take off, and news about the reboot remained silent for almost another month, until producer Graham King (The Departed, The Town) revealed that he was moving forward with a Tomb Raider reboot to be released in 2013.
In a statement (via Deadline), King announced that his production company GK Films had purchased the movie rights to Tomb Raider and create "new adventures for the young and dynamic Lara Croft."
"We are very excited to be rebooting what is already a hugely successful film franchise and continuing the Tomb Raider phenomenon," said King.
The latest Tomb Raider video game in development, set for release later this year, will go back to the origins of the character and will follow a 21-year-old version of the character. Warner Bros.' reboot was planned to be a prequel to the previous two movies, but whether King's rebooted franchise also plans to tell Lara Croft's origin story is unknown at this time.
With no screenwriter or director mentioned for the reboot, speculation continues on which actress will take over for Jolie. MTV lists five actresses that are possibilities, one of which is the aforementioned Fox.
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