'Tomb Raider' Franchise Reboot Sounds Like a Lara Croft Origin Story
Earlier this year, GK Films, the production company from The Departed and The Town producer Graham King, picked up the rights to reboot the feature film adaptation of the hit video game franchise Tomb Raider. Then a couple months later it was reported Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, the duo behind screenplays for films like Iron Man, Children of Men and most recently Cowboys & Aliens would write the script. Now we have word from an interview Collider had with King that the script has been turned in and it sounds like the film will go back to the beginning of Lara Croft's career as an archaeologist and adventurer.
King had this to say about the script:
"We just got the script in on 'Tomb Raider' and it’s really good. It’s something that, for me anyway, is different, you know rebooting a franchise that I didn’t produce to begin with. But there’s something about her character and going back to her roots, and that’s what we’re doing with this. You’re actually gonna meet her before she has all her powers as Lara Croft. It’s more of a character study, but it’s a really fun, fun adventure story."
As for those who might be looking to see Angelina Jolie return, even in the form of a cameo, it sounds like there's a very small chance of that happening. When asked about Jolie's potential involvement, King says, "I don’t know, you know we’ve spoken about Tomb Raider and we’ll have to see." I suppose if this new version is a much younger version of Lara Croft, some kind of bookend featuring Jolie would work, but that wouldn't feel like a franchise reboot as much as a prequel. I'm betting King is just leaving the door open to keep Jolie's fans interested. Either way, it sounds like Tomb Raider is making fast progress. Stay tuned.