Today sees the release of Lara’s latest visit to home consoles and PC. But it’s not chronological, in fact, it alters her origins somewhat from the original games. It’s a reboot, a gritty, more realistic reimagining of the character and her motivations.
Well, it looks like the Tomb Raider movies are about to get a chance to reimagine a little themselves. They’re being rebooted, if Variety’s info is correct. They’ve posted a piece that quotes sources from Crystal Dynamics and claims that the main developers on the new Tomb Raider took inspiration from the Nolan Batman trilogy and the Daniel Craig portrayal of Bond in their own reboot. And now the game development studio has their eyes on a similar reboot for the movie series.
If you’re a lover of camp action, Angelina Jolie and amusingly poor movie adaptations of videogames then you’re probably quite familiar with the Tomb Raider movies and the liberties they took with the source material. Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life effectively killed the movie series with poor performance at the box office but this time around, the game makers have a much better handle on production.
Crystal Dynamics is working closely with GK Films who have some great pedigree. They produced The Departed, The Town, Blood Diamond, Hugo and Argo. They’re also currently working on World War Z starring Brad Pitt.
Given the videogame version of Lara and the new emphasis on developing her character and focussing on more harrowing, affecting scenarios, the collaboration with a production studio who are obviously adept at making character-driven movies seems a great choice. It’s quite clearly early days and there’s no news on who might be writing, directing or starring but it seems like everyone is approaching it from the right angles.