Movies based on video games aren’t exactly uncommon. There’s been a fairly steady stream of them since the 1990s, however very few could ever be labeled as successful. There hasn’t been a critical stand out and most haven’t been all that impressive at the box office either. One of the only video game franchises to make what could be called a successful leap to the big screen was Tomb Raider. The two films starring Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft weren’t completely eviscerated by critics and took in decent box office, however a third film never materialized. Now it looks like a reboot is in the works.
Heat Vision has reported that film rights holder GK Films will partner with MGM to release new films based on the long running franchise. The games tell of the adventures of gun toting archeologist Lara Croft. One could call her a female Indiana Jones, but in many ways she’s in it for the action far more than Indy ever was. There’s also been a fairly consistent element of the supernatural running throughout the game series and the existing films, again to a greater extent than the Indiana Jones pictures. Croft herself is one of the few female video game heroes, distinguished in her early days by her over the top figure.
This is actually a perfect time to reboot the film series because the game series itself has just been effectively rebooted. The latest game in the Tomb Raider series goes back to when Croft is 21 years old and deals with one of her very early adventures in which she is fighting for mere survival rather than glory. Since it’s set before the other games it could be considered just a prequel, but the entire feel of the new game is much more grounded than the series has ever been. The action is more realistic and even Lara herself has been redesigned to have more believable proportions.
The question is whether or not the new film will actually be based on the critically praised game reboot or simply go off in its own direction. An Variety article covering the successful release of the new game implies that it will be used as the foundation for the new film. Of course this now opens up the door to speculation as to who will play the part. Jolie has moved on from the role, and is also too old if the intention is to go with the younger version of Lara used in the reboot. No doubt there are already agents of young actresses trying to figure out how to get their clients on the list for consideration, but first there has to be a script. So it may be a little while before things get to that point.