Variety has reported that the videogame franchise Tomb Raider will be getting the movie reboot treatment. The film will focus on a 21-year-old Lara Croft and it is hoped that the move will breathe new life into a tired movie franchise.
The film will likely be based on Tomb Raider, the recently released self-titled videogame reboot:
When the producers behind the now 17-year-old “Tomb Raider” videogame franchise considered options to breathe new life into the series, they turned to movies like Christopher Nolan’s “Batman Begins” and 007 adventure “Casino Royale” for inspiration.
The result is the simply titled reboot “Tomb Raider,” out today through Square Enix, that introduces a younger Croft (now 21) and sends her off on her first big adventure. The action and setpieces are amped up; the graphics are slicker to cater to a younger generation of gamer.
“Tomb Raider” is expected to be the first of many upcoming game reboots that take advantage of new videogame consoles from Sony and Microsoft hitting the retail aisle, but also target a younger consumer.
“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,” said Darrell Gallagher, head of studio at Crystal Dynamics. “Seventeen years is a long life for videogames.”
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider marked the first of two movie adaptations for the videogame franchise, the second being Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life. The films starred Angelina Jolie (Mr & Mrs Smith, Salt) and were released in 2001 and 2003 respectively. However, neither was particularly well received and they subsequently failed to make a lasting impression on the global box-office.
There have been no casting announcements as yet but it is likely that they will cast a relative unknown in the lead role. However, my choice would be Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games), she’s the right age for a young Lara Croft, a fantastic talent and she’s quickly becoming a huge box-office draw after the success of X-Men: First Class, Silver Linings Playbook and The Hunger Games.