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In 1996, the world was introduced to adventurer Lara Croft in the video game Tomb Raider. The game was a runaway hit and became a video game franchise. In 2001, Angelina Jolie carried a film based on the games – Lara Croft: Tomb Raider – to an impressive domestic take of over $100 million. The success of that film led to the sequel, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life just two years later. However, that one made roughly half as much as its predecessor stateside.
Now it looks like Hollywood has a revitalized interest in the archaeologist. GK Films has secured the film rights for Tomb Raider and looks to have a film out in 2013. The press release below, courtesy of Deadline Hollywood:
“In a pre-emptive strike, GK Films has come on board to acquire the feature film rights to TOMB RAIDER and will reboot the successful action-adventure franchise aiming for a 2013 release for the first film.
Produced by Graham King and Tim Headington, the films will create daring new adventures for the young and dynamic Lara Croft.
GK Films acquired the film rights from interactive entertainment company, Square Enix Ltd. In Dec 2010, Square Enix subsidiary, Crystal Dynamics, revealed a new game for TOMB RAIDER based around the origins of the Lara Croft story.
‘We are very excited to be rebooting what is already a hugely successful film franchise and continuing the TOMB RAIDER phenomenon,’ said King.
The original game was published in 1996 by the London based video game company Eidos and became one of the most successful video games of the time. Today Eidos (including Crystal Dynamics), is part of an international interactive entertainment group, Square Enix and the stage is set for this new chapter in TOMB RAIDER history.
A pop culture phenomenon, the original TOMB RAIDER games have sold over 35 million game units worldwide and Lara Croft, along with Mario Brothers is the most recognized name in gaming history.
Starring Angelina Jolie, Paramount Pictures made two movies based on the daredevil archaeologist on a series of global missions in 2001 and 2003. They grossed a total of $432m at the worldwide box office.”
We know nothing about this film other than the plans to reboot it. We don’t know who’ll take over directing duties, who’ll write the script, which character will be chosen as the villain, or if an entirely new character will play the protagonist. However, that’s not the main issue as of now; the top priority is obviously who will be playing Lara Croft.
Jolie not only boasts acting talent; she has a ferocity that makes her engaging to watch on the silver screen even in the most dismal of circumstances (why, hello there, Salt). The actress who steps into the heavily scuffed shoes of Lara Croft needs to have a similar – if not identical – trait.
Stay tuned to Player Affinity for more on the Tomb Raider reboot.