Oh No, Warner Brothers Really IS Bringing Back Lara Croft!
by Alex Billington
January 27, 2009
Last week, a big rumor hit the web stating that Megan Fox was in the running to take on the role of Lara Croft in a new Tomb Raider movie. I was tired of running stupid and highly unconfirmed rumors and decided not to mention it. But damnit, here I am today, reporting on yet another Tomb Raider movie! The good news (if you want to call it that) is that Megan Fox is not involved at all. Producer Dan Lin confirmed via Hollywood Reporter that he is in early development (meaning no writer or director yet) on a reboot of Tomb Raider at Warner Brothers instead of Paramount, where the original two films were released.
See, back in December, Time Warner (who owns WB) increased its stake in Eidos Interactive to 19.92%, and part of that deal included rights to their video games. Paramount released both Lara Croft: Tomb Raider in 2001 and Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life in 2003, but their rights eventually reverted back to Eidos. Now WB is looking at this as a lucrative franchise and they're planning to reboot it entirely. "The new project is expected to revamp the character and her mission and bear little resemblance to the original pictures. It will reimagine the origins of the character, her love interest and the main villain."
I remember seeing both of the original two films in theaters on their opening days way back when. At the time, I was very excited, given we were finally going to get a live-action version of one of the greatest, and sexiest, video games ever made. But alas, what we got were two steaming piles of shit. Not even Angelina Jolie's cleavage could save either of them. Sorry, but it's the truth. I have a lot of faith in Warner Brothers recently, so maybe I could give this a pass for the time being, but to be honest, I really wouldn't have cared if this franchise had continued to stay off the big screen. But damnit, it's back whether I like it or not!