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:
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.