Producer Graham King Provides Update on TOMB RAIDER Reboot; Says It’s More of a “Character Study” and Goes Back to Her Roots

     November 20, 2011


While a reboot of the Tomb Raider franchise has been in the works for quite some time, we hadn’t really heard much about the film until early this year when a 2013 release was targetedIron Man scribes Mark Fergus and Hawk Otsby came aboard the project in May.  They stated at the time that their intention was to craft an origin story and solidify Lara Croft as a strong female character in the vein of Ellen Ripley or Sarah Connor.

Steve is currently in New York covering press for Martin Scorsese’s Hugo and he sat down with producer Graham King who gave an update on the Tomb Raider reboot.  King said that they just got the script in and they hope to start production next year.  The producer also spoke about the direction and tone of the story they’ve come up with, and even mused on the prospect of bringing Angelina Jolie back in some capacity.  Hit the jump for the full interview.

Graham-KingKing confirmed that they just received the script and now they’re looking ahead to production. As for the tone, King describes it as more along the lines of a character study:

“There’s something about her character and going back to her roots, and that’s what we’re doing with this. You’re actually gonna meet her before she has all her powers as Lara Croft. It’s more of a character study, but it’s a really fun, fun adventure story.”

King has a relationship with Jolie as he produced The Tourist and worked with her on her directorial debut In the Land of Blood and Honey. When asked whether or not he would bring her back in a cameo capacity, King laughed and said he didn’t know, but he did confirm that he and Jolie have talked about Tomb Raider. “We’ll have to see” King mused, so for fans of the original series the idea isn’t entirely off the table just yet. Since the script is now in, hopefully we’ll hear more about the project soon as a production start date looms.

Here’s the transcript followed by the full video interview itself, which includes a neat anecdote about test screening Jolie’s In the Land of Blood and Honey:

angelina_jolie_lara_croft_tomb-raiderIf I’m not mistaken, you’re one of the people bringing back Tomb Raider. Where is that and do you envision that it could be in front of cameras soon?

I think hopefully next year. We just got the script in on Tomb Raider and it’s really good. It’s something that, for me anyway, is different, you know rebooting a franchise that I didn’t produce to begin with. But there’s something about her character and going back to her roots, and that’s what we’re doing with this. You’re actually gonna meet her before she has all her powers as Lara Croft. It’s more of a character study, but it’s a really fun, fun adventure story.

You have a relationship with Ms. Jolie. Is there any chance that she could somehow cameo in the upcoming reboot?

(laughs) I don’t know, you know we’ve spoken about Tomb Raider and we’ll have to see. I mean she’s so wonderful, she just directed this movie for me, In the Land of Blood and Honey, which I think we’re about five weeks from releasing and I can’t wait for people to see that movie. She did an amazing job as a director, absolutely amazing. Maybe I’ll ask her to direct it (laughs). We did a screening of the movie in L.A., like a preview, and I didn’t tell anyone who directed it, then afterwards I asked the focus group who they think directed it, and they said Roman Polanski or Clint Eastwood, which is “wow.” But she’s that good, and the film is that good.


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  • Natalya Virshilas

    Gina Carano, Jessica Biel, Hayley Atwell, Gemma Arterton or Lynn Collins as Lara Croft.
    This is a second chance to get it right. This is an opportunity.

    • balmydrizzle

      They all look good but I prefer Hayley. She seems to a bit “Lara” in her.

  • Fravit

    Olivia Wilde

  • Clare

    Gemma Arterton

  • tarek

    No No and No : Maria Bello

  • Leo

    Well if People are going to be making their demands for who Plays Laura Croft, I am going to demand Jennifer Anniston.

    But in all seriousness, the only thing that stuck out about this article was What Powers is he talking about. I thought Laura was just some unbelievably hot and skilled woman who just happened to Raid Tombs.

    • Alex–

      Haha Jennifer Annistion that is funny.

      What I think he means by ‘powers’ is that Lara will be alot younger, possibly in her teens. And also before deciding to be the worlds savior.

      Yes she raids tombs for fun and excitement, but she also does it to keep powerful artifacts form the clutches of bad people.

    • Marmite

      I want you to write out 10 times:
      “It’s Lara, not Laura”
      Thanks :)

  • vxx

    Sounds like it’ll be a “Lara Croft Begins” type story. I’m intrigued.

  • Liam_H

    I didn’t see any of the words “dark” or “gritty” used in this article so thats a plus in my book.

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  • Ostercy

    Sounds a bit limp

  • Sal

    They have to bring Angelina back as Lara. She is the only one.

    By the way I’ve written the best possible Tomb Raider script if Mr. King is interesting of reading smt different.

    • Tarek

      eerk. She made me hate the character. she gave us a flat character.

      • balmydrizzle


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  • Alex-mansy

    Well the last two films were crap inspite of Angelina Jolie giving the performance of her career. So not looking forward to this next.

    And damn, a real shame Jennifer Lawrence is Katniss, she’d make a good Lara.

    • balmydrizzle

      Ya, +1. Jennifer has very good performance in Hunger Game. She is the type of Lara.

  • joe

    a young lara? how about emma watson?
    eh…maybe lara grew some massive melons later in life…or paid for them with daddy’s riches!?

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  • The Dude

    Christina Hendricks. Dye her hair black, and have her run in slo-mo through the jungle for 2 hours. BAM. There’s your reboot.

  • jetblac

    At first glance I thought it said “Goes back to her boobs.”

  • jenn

    Jolie is a wonderful actress and actually looks like a blue eyed version of Croft. She should b reused honestly as Laura. She still looks young and still is 2 me. But if they are going for younger Kira Knightly hands down. Looks like Laura, can act and already has action titles behind her. I hope they do stick to some of the history and storylined in the games but give it serious weight and depth. Good luck!

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  • Grant

    I heard a long time ago before anyone had even bought the rights to the Tomb Raider Movie franchise (I think at this point paramount still exsisted) that Angelina had been asked the question “Would you ever do a third tomb raider?” and back then she replied simply no, and that that time in her career her tomb raiding days were over. Personally on my end as a huge tomb raider fan ive been into the games since 1996. Its really no loss. Jolie i found to be a pretty boring lara croft and she needed more kick-ass and less im a sexy sultaness that will suduce you with my looks. Lara Crofts hot and all but she rarely if ever uses her looks or attractiveness to get anywhere. So im overjoyed with the idea that Jolie is gone and some new 23 year old chick with some aggression (without the ongoing porn face for 20 mins) can kick some ass.

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  • vxx

    My suggestion: Elena Satine

  • Jeannie

    Angelina was OK.. But she didn’t impress me.. This time how about you guys get it right & cast… oh say.. Elizabeth Hurley! Probably too late to get her in on it but she would be PERFECT for the part!

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  • Jimmi

    ELENA SATINE hands down. she even looks like a younger version of Angie.

  • SOliphant

    SHARON OLIPHANT! Perfect Tomb Raider.

  • saikanji

    PEYTON LIST (Shuttle / Mad Men) is perfect for the role ! She looks like a young and beautiful Lara Croft.

    • balmydrizzle

      Ya, +1. She is good for playing Lara, IMHO.

  • Sal
    • balmydrizzle

      No, not again. She is good but not good for playing Lara.

  • Louietheanimated

    If it’s a reboot or origin, then it’s ok that Jolie isn’t coming back. My wonder is, will this be completely separate from the game story (which if y’all recall, has been rewritten once and is now being rebooted). My question is, that if they do an origin story, will this be like the new Tomb Raider reboot that Crystal Dynamics is working on, or will it be this whole other thing? I dunno, it’s just kind of weird. And if they are doing an origin story, are they making their own, or will the origin story reflect the Tomb Raider series from TR 1-5, from TR Legend-Underworld, or the new TR Reboot? Whatever the cause, they need to get a strong female to play the lead. Jolie was bad ass, so whoever they get has some big… Err, boobs? to fill! Just as long as the new female doesn’t look like she’ll break a rib if someone punches her in the boob or falls… Or something. lol

  • Anne-Perrine

    Amanda Righetti !

  • balmydrizzle

    I always prefer Catherizne Zeta-Jones to play Lara. However, Don’t know how food does her age adapt to the screenplay.

    • balmydrizzle

      Sorry, typo, should be “good”, rather than “food”

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