TOMB RAIDER Reboot Scheduled for 2013

     March 7, 2011


GK Films has announced the acquisition of the feature film rights to the video game Tomb Raider.  Producers Graham King and Tim Headington have plans to reboot the franchise by Angelina Jolie in 2001′s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider; the sequel The Cradle of Life followed in 2003.  The first GK Films Tomb Raider movie is scheduled for a 2013 release.  Heat Vision suggests the new film will be an origin story, so presumably Jolie is not involved with Tomb Raider 2.0.

The original game was published in 1996 and centers on the adventures of British archaeologist Lara Croft.  There are now nine titles (with a tenth on the way), plus a slew of novels, comic books, theme park rides, and of course, the films.  Hit the jump for more background on the Tomb Raider story.

Here’s how the first game opens:lara-croft-tomb-raider-poster

The story opens with a prologue in Los Alamos County, New Mexico. A great explosion causes an earthquake and exposes an ancient device buried beneath the desert surface. The device unlocks and reveals a person in suspended animation. The story then continues in the present day.

At a hotel in present day Calcutta, Lara Croft is contacted by an American named Larson, who works for the wealthy businesswoman Jacqueline Natla, owner of Natla Technologies. At Natla’s request, Lara sets out on an expedition to recover a mysterious artefact called the Scion from the lost tomb of Qualopec, in the mountains of Peru. However after successfully retrieving the object, she is attacked by Larson who attempts to claim it. She bests him, however, and questions him, learning that the artefact she has is only a fragment, and that a man named Pierre Dupont has been hired by Natla to collect the rest. [Wikipedia]

I’ve never played any of the games, seen either movie, or ridden Tomb Raider: The Ride — so I abstain from any emotional response to this news.  I am forever a supporter of strong female starring roles, though, if that’s what this is.  (Outlook doubtful.)

If you have a strong take on why Lara Croft should or should not return to the movies, please share in the comments.

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  • LARA

    There are FOUR reboots that I welcome heavily!

    Star Wars(PREQUELS)

    Resident Evil

    JUDGE DREDD (Not too impressed with the new spin reboot from what I’ve seen.)

    Tomb Raider.

    While the forst 2 Tomb Raiers were kinda enjoyable, it never resembled the far superior games. The games Pace/Tone atmosphere was sublime! But the movies were talky standard action flicks. And Lara Croft was only OK with Jolie driving her chest.

    I want REBOOTS of these, because they never reached their potential first time round. And wit TR, just make it like the games!

  • junierizzle

    Is nothing sacred? Oh wait who gives a sh*t?

  • colin

    you have completed avoided the tomb raider franchise…how?

  • trick

    This makes sense, given that the games are actually getting a prequel..

  • Alex–

    Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft is the greatest female action hero of my generation. Admittedly the movies sucked but the character was all win, mainly due to Jolie I suspect.

    Definitely deserves prequel reboot.

    I’m thinking they should just cast Freida Pinto as Lara Croft (british aristocracy with indian roots). Since I can’t think of any actress that can match Jolie.

  • Meaghan

    I’m really excited for this reboot! Did I love the previous two Tomb Raider films? Guilty. However, they had the potential to be so much better! They did the games no justice at all, although I did like them. The first is better than The Cradle of Life. Anyway, I think of this reboot as Hollywood’s second chance. Let’s hope they don’t screw this up!

  • Fanni122000

    Nagyon jó a Tomb Raider mozi.

  • Jai

    Kayla Ewell. That’s who they should cast.

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  • lb

    I welcome the reboot to this. The Tomb Raider series if done correctly could be one of the biggest franchises out there.

  • Ritchey

    i think megan fox or jessica biel or someone looks like angelina and is very strong for the part and too if not someone not really famous in movie a new comer

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  • peter coori

    well the person who plays the film should be hot and very beautiful i mean alison carrol