Oh No, Warner Brothers Really IS Bringing Back Lara Croft!

January 27, 2009

Angelina Jolies as Lara Croft

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!

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  • First, reboots need to stop. Re-imaginings are rarely successful unless they have truly great source material from which to draw (e.g. Batman, Battlestar Galactica). I'm not even a big fan of the Tomb Raider franchise (games or movies), and yet I STILL don't think this a good idea. If it's going to be an actually GOOD film (not just cookie cutter), then it will be so far from the ideology of the Tomb Raider games that it shouldn't even bear the same name.
  • This could work...i'll reserve judgement.
  • Dar-El
    Alex this may give your over inflated ego the knock it’s been begging for a while you egotistical maniac...... I actually liked the movies, not only did I think that Angie did a good job but I thought that they at least caught some of what id imagined Lara to be like on the big screen so let me insult you a bit more the only way that I know how and tell you to: "Go boil your head" Nuff said
  • ebbie
    Maybe with Rhona Mitra?
  • freestyLes
    I don't know about anyone else, but I think Angelina Jolie pulled it off pretty damn well.
  • Daedalus4
    I think that with a good script, a good director and Angelina this could be good. There is so much mythology in this world and that of Tomb Raider that there is a story. (Look at the Indy series) Secondly, it would be nice to see sets that look like scenes from the games, just for the fans of the game.
  • Movieraider321
    Perhaps, not sold on it and I'm not completely against it
  • Herbert
    I don’t know if this is what ebbie was referring to, but Rhona Mitra was actually the first Lara Croft model that Eidos ever used. They used her to promote Tomb Raider at trade shows and gaming conventions. Plenty of pictures online.
  • Thing is, they can get just about anyone to play the leading lady, problem is getting a decent writer and director. Jolie was Tomb raider but to me, everything else fell apart. Rhona Mitra sounds nice for the role, heck even Megan Fox but it all comes down to good writing.
  • Blackstar
    Bring Laura back? She hasn't been away that long! Give her a few decades to sit in the corner and think about what he's done. So we'll all have time to let gallons of alcohol burn away all remnants from our (and the studio exec's) memories. Then, with a Tomb-clear mind maybe the studio will realize that there was not enough of a story in the games to make a good film in the first place. Then they can write a good film instead. Everybody wins.
  • They are changing her origins, love intrest and the villain??? WHY EVEN BOTHER CALLING IT TOMB RAIDER! However, TOMB RAIDER flicks are probably the best videogame adaptations.....though it may not say a lot.
  • Jmoney
    ryan, they are changing it from the other movies, not the video games
  • richardj
    No matter how you look at it, the first Tomb Raider still is the most popular and biggest film based on videogame. And by huge margin, at least in profits. So for me it's logical to see WB interest and I would like to see a new Tomb Raider movie (with good writing ideally, everythihng else was more or less ok for me). We're having Street Fighter rebooted after all.
  • ?????
    Am I one of the few who actually really liked both movies? And I actually thought the 2nd one was pretty good? So I guess that means I'm holding out hope for this one...
  • Steve Dave
    You know what bugs me. That this site constantly refers to "Warner Brothers". It is NOT "Warner Brothers" -- it is "Warner Bros." dammit. Get it right.
  • Fearl3ss
    @15 rreelaax. And reboot of tomb raider, only games shud keep the title not live-adaptions coz they usually screw it up. If they get the right ingredients they might just make some $$££ but unlikley.
    Bring. Rhona. Mitra. And make it rated R!!
  • jesse
    I'm all for this, those two movies were horrible. Tomb Radier Legend was a fantastic reboot to the game and I beleive they can work the same magic for the movie.
  • s
    did you say battlestar galactica? WOW.
  • Shikaka
    A reboot will work just fine if they stick to the canon of the new games. The recent TR games (Legend/Anniversary and Underworld) have gone a long way to constructing a solid story around a series that had gone completely off the rails. The games are right back on track now. The main problem with videogame movies (aside from always getting lumped with hack directors) is that their creators think they need to make their own story. Comic movies have proved that you can stick closer to the source material, so game movies should try the same thing. Like Doom, it was shit because they made it about a virus (theme done to death) instead of demons pouring out of hell.
  • feohatestheworld
    I liked the first two,........ ok it was because of Jolee, but no Megan Fox?
  • Fisherr
    A remake would be fine and i loved Angelina in the role.Hope this time they pick the right babe for the job.
  • Ajax
    No. Video game movies will always be bad. Sorry, but no.
  • Squiggly
    By "Reboot" I hope you mean "throw the previous films out the window and start from scratch", because the previous films were just garbage. Thing is, this series actually has potential as an open-ended series. It's a female, British 'Indiana Jones' set in modern times. How the hell does something like that get so monumentally screwed up? Why they felt the need to add all that sci-fi BS in the flicks I have no idea. The first game was all wild animals and spelunking. And dinosaurs...
  • splinter
  • @splinter: i'm with you man It's hard to get onto Lara shoes because it has to be both a woman and a warrior. Jolie didn't achieved this. It was all sexy and nothing else (i only had to suffer the first one). Sigourney Weaver was the opposite case, all action and muscles and no sexyness. Kate Beckinsale on the other hand, has that proportion of evilness and kindness for an excellent female hero, like in Underworld or Van Hellsing. Megan Fox will be just like Jolie, all sexyness and no believable action. Don't know Rhona Mitra but I prefer her that already has two lead roles in action movies like Doomsday and Underworld
  • IDK this might be good.. WB will want this movie to do well as it will boost game sales, which will boost ticket sales for the next movie.. Something that should matter to WB with almost 20% share in Eidos.




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