Variety reports that Video Game Developer Crystal Dynamics, a subsidiary of Square Enix, is working GK films (The Departed, Rango) to reboot the Tomb Raider film franchise along with the new video game franchise which released "Tomb Raider" today.
The video game was originally released by Eidos interactive in 1997 and and was a massive success spawning countless sequels and re-releases. The game followed the character of a sexy young British archaeologist who solves puzzles and shoots bad guys in her quest to recover ancient artifacts.
The success of the first few games led to the 2001 film Tomb Raider which starred Angelina Jolie and grossed $274 Million worldwide against a budget of $115 million. The sequel Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life made just $156 Million against a budget of $95 Million.
Darrell Gallagher, head of studio at Crystal Dynamics said:
“We were faced with a challenge that is rare with videogames, given that games are still quite a new medium: How to continue this franchise as it transitions from generation to generation, not only with hardware but players as well. Seventeen years is a long life for videogames.”
The Franchise is 17 years old, which would make Lara Croft who was presumably a twenty something in 1997, over 35 years old now.
I personally wouldn't mind playing a 35 year old Lara Croft, she's still bad ass.
I had fun playing as Tommy Vercetti, the main character from Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (2002) who was 35 years old. Rockstar Games's Max Payne was kicking ass into his thirties as recently as last year.
For fans that agree with me, we are not in the target demographic anymore.
The main character in Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (2008), Solid Snake, sports white hair and has been nicknamed "Old Snake" by fans. That franchise was 10 years old at the time.
I suppose 17 years does warrant a reboot. #nostalgia
Angelina Jolie was 26 years old when she played Lara Croft in Tomb Raider (2001). Most fans (myself included) liked Jolie in the role. Honestly though, the two movies were awful. A young Daniel Craig couldn't save the original. Nor could pre-300 Gerard Butler save the sequel Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life.
That was back when video games movies were supposed to be bad. Video game films were still in the early stages that Comic Book movies went through when they were first adapted.
Hopefully the reboot picks a good actress and most importantly, a good director. Hollywood is becoming a DIrector-driven league. See El Mayimbe's mega-announcement for confirmation, if you haven't already. If you want a franchise that will last, you need a good director to cultivate it.
I tried replaying the original Tomb Raider video game about a year ago but the graphics were so bad it may have permanently damaged my eye sight. The official product description promises:
"Over 5000 frames of animation on the main character, Lara, alone.
Tomb Raider fans, here's a trailer for the original 1997 video game:
Here's the new trailer for Tomb Raider: Reborn
Square Enix and GK films have not released any information regarding casting of the film.
READERS, I want to hear your casting choices for Lara Croft and for Director.
Off top my head I like Zoe Saldana but they might think she's too old at 34.
For Director, I like Darren Aronofsky! To date he has mostly only done dark, serious films but he was previously attached to The Wolverine and to Robocop. He did direct a commercial starring Jennifer Lopez which was random. Anything can happen!
The Tomb Raider video game is out now for PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.