The Tomb Raider videogames always seemed tailor made for movie adaptations, considering that they sound like the kind of reactionary movie pitch you’d sell to Roger Corman: ‘It’s Indiana Jones, but with a hot chick.’ Sold. And now it’s sold again: eight years after the last Tomb Raider movie failed to make an impression on audiences, Lara Croft is getting a reboot. We’ll be forgiving to this announcement. After all, we’ve heard worse news this week.
Hollywood Reporter has announced that Graham King, the producer of Rango and The Tourist, has acquired the feature film rights to the Tomb Raider franchise, with an eye to release the first new film in the franchise in 2013. King’s GK Films hasn’t hired a writer yet, but may be looking to ‘croft’ an origin story for the heroine. The say they intend to "create daring new adventures for the young and dynamic Lara Croft." We’re guessing that means Angelina Jolie, who looks gorgeous for her age but is clearly out of her 20’s, won’t be returning to the role.
Tomb Raider never had much of a plot to speak of. Sure, she fought bad guys and raided tombs, but it’s not like anyone ever talks about the franchise’s stories with the kind of hushed tones usually reserved for Shadow of the Colossus or Silent Hill 2. So as long as they ‘croft’ a fun tale of adventure and PG-13 sexiness, we’ll all probably go home satisfied. Of course, that’s what they tried to do with the last two Tomb Raider movies, which may have made $432 million worldwide but aren’t very well remembered today.
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