Back in May Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, writers of Iron Man and Cowboys & Aliens, were hired by GK Films to write the script for a Tomb Raider reboot.
Not much has been heard since, but now producer Graham King (The Tourist and The Town) has spoken about the direction of the reboot, saying it will be an origins tale set “before she became Lara Croft”.
From Coming Soon:
“Listen, the box office, they weren’t disasters but I find it interesting that the story that we’re telling is really the story before she became Lara Croft, so it is a character piece. It does have a lot of really great characters, but it’s a lot of action and a lot of fun, and for me, it’s something very different. I’ve not really done a movie like that before, but I really gravitated to rebooting this franchise and we’re going to give it a shot.”
Some people could interpret “before she became Lara Croft” as “before she became interesting”, but recent prequels and reboots such as Rise of the Planet of the Apes, X-Men: First Class and Batman Begins showed that origin movies can still be worthwhile.
No director or studio are attached at the moment, but finding those will no doubt be the next step. Then there’s the task of finding the new Lara Croft. Angelina Jolie isn’t interested (hence the reboot) so they will have to find another actress who can carry an action film. Casting an unknown would be a good move, but they could also go with a name.