Variety reports that Video Game Developer Crystal Dynamics, a subsidiary of Square Enix, is working GK films (The Departed, Rango) to reboot the Tomb Raider film franchise along with the new video game franchise which released “Tomb Raider” today. The video … Continue reading

“Tomb Raider” Movie Franchise to be Rebooted, Probably for Younger Audience


Variety reports that Video Game Developer Crystal Dynamics, a subsidiary of Square Enix, is working GK films (The Departed, Rango) to reboot the Tomb Raider film franchise along with the new video game franchise which released “Tomb Raider” today.

The video game was originally released by Eidos interactive in 1997 and and was a massive success spawning countless sequels and re-releases. The game followed the character of a sexy young British archaeologist who solves puzzles and shoots bad guys in her quest to recover ancient artifacts.

The success of the first few games led to the 2001 film Tomb Raider which starred Angelina Jolie and grossed $274 Million worldwide against a budget of $115 million. The sequel Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life made just $156 Million against a budget of $95 Million.

Darrell Gallagher, head of studio at Crystal Dynamics said:

“We were faced with a challenge that is rare with videogames, given that games are still quite a new medium: How to continue this franchise as it transitions from generation to generation, not only with hardware but players as well. Seventeen years is a long life for videogames.”

The Franchise is 17 years old, which would make Lara Croft who was presumably a twenty something in 1997, over 35 years old now.

I personally wouldn’t mind playing a 35 year old Lara Croft, she’s still bad ass.

I had fun playing as Tommy Vercetti, the main character from Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (2002) who was 35 years old. Rockstar Games’s Max Payne was kicking ass into his thirties as recently as last year.

For fans that agree with me, we are not in the target demographic anymore.

The main character in Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (2008), Solid Snake, sports white hair and has been nicknamed “Old Snake” by fans. That franchise was 10 years old at the time.

I suppose 17 years does warrant a reboot. #nostalgia

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Angelina Jolie was 26 years old when she played Lara Croft in Tomb Raider (2001). Most fans (myself included) liked Jolie in the role. Honestly though, the two movies were awful. A young Daniel Craig couldn’t save the original. Nor could pre-300 Gerard Butler save the sequel Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life.

That was back when video games movies were supposed to be bad. Video game films were still in the early stages that Comic Book movies went through when they were first adapted.

Hopefully the reboot picks a good actress and most importantly, a good director. Hollywood is becoming a DIrector-driven league. See El Mayimbe’s mega-announcement for confirmation, if you haven’t already. If you want a franchise that will last, you need a good director to cultivate it.

I tried replaying the original Tomb Raider video game about a year ago but the graphics were so bad it may have permanently damaged my eye sight. The official product description promises:

“Over 5000 frames of animation on the main character, Lara, alone.

Tomb Raider fans, here’s a trailer for the original 1997 video game:

Here’s the new trailer for Tomb Raider: Reborn

Square Enix and GK films have not released any information regarding casting of the film.

READERS, I want to hear your casting choices for Lara Croft and for Director. 

Off top my head I like Zoe Saldana but they might think she’s too old at 34.

For Director, I like Darren Aronofsky! To date he has mostly only done dark, serious films but he was previously attached to The Wolverine and to Robocop. He did direct a commercial starring Jennifer Lopez which was random. Anything can happen!

The Tomb Raider video game is out now for PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.

SOURCE: Variety, Box Office Mojo

  • The Modern Gafa

    Camilla Luddington does the voice and mo-cap for the character in the new game, and she is a competent enough actor.

  • Truxton Spangler

    Kristin Kreuk from Smallville would look good as Lara Croft

  • 005

    Emily Blunt or Alison Brie

  • David

    If they’re rebooting based on the new game, it has to be a HARD R all the way. The things Lara has to do in the new game are fucking brutal.

  • David

    Also, Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty was released in 2001. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, had Snake a victim of accelerated aging (character was only 42 years old but looked like he was in his 70′s).

  • YourMomma

    I’m playing the new Tomb Raider now and it is f’n awesome! A movie based on this new game wouldn’t be acceptable unless they go with an R rating.

  • Alex


  • David

    Snake’s aged appearance in MGS4 is actually a central point of the story. Due to the circumstances surrounding his “birth” and the way that he was gestated, his body is aging rapidly and falling apart. His fate is left ambiguous, but in Metal Gear Rising, which takes place 4 years later, it’s all but stated that he died of his condition.

  • Kate

    Jones is Harrison Ford. Mission Impossible without Tom Cruise wouldn’t
    be the same. Pirates of the Caribbean need Johnny Depp’s Jack Sparrow.
    Alien without Sigourney Weaver is Prometheus. Die Hard is Bruce Willis.
    Terminator is Arnold Schwarzenegger. Lara Croft IS Angelina Jolie.

  • Batiatus

    Hello! Have you seen Hansel & Gretel, Witch Hunters? Gemma Arterton or GTFO. Oh, and she’s actually English! I know, it’s called acting – Christian Bale as Batman and all that. But hey, there were three American Bats before him. How about we get one English Lara?

  • Alex

    Would be cool except they seem to want a young up and comer to reboot the franchise. Same as they rebooted the games with a younger Lara.

  • kailash iyer

    I think she’s a great choice, but she’ll probably come with too much face recognition. An unknown or up-and-comer for the role might be great.

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  • Indra

    umm Gina Carano anyone..

    or Jenny Lawrence for younger (if you haven’t bored see her in the HG saga!)

  • CougarLover

    A 35 year old Lara Croft……would be reaching her sexual prime………va-va-voom

  • Jaesin

    Forget Tomb Raider. I want to see UNCHARTED!!!!


    Thing is, when the films came out, Jolie was not the ideal choice for Lara even then. She did ok, but she was not quite Denise Richards which is who most fans of the game envisioned. So Tomb Raider, just like Resident Evil movies have been terrible game to film incarnations.

    I think Jennifer Lawrence would be pretty great, but I’d rather see her in Star Wars 7 if they choose her.

  • SonRyu

    Let’s just cast the young and very attractive Brit who actually voices and mocaps Lara in the game (which is just titled “Tomb Raider” btw; “reborn” is just the trailer title):

    Camilla Luddington. Or Kate Beckinsale.

  • Alec Grimes

    Believe it or not…never saw either of the originals, although Jolie definately looked the part. Should I check out those films ?

  • LordVolta

    Emilia Clarke. She can act, she’s British, and she’s hot.

  • Kate

    You got the bugets wrong. The first movie costed 90 million and the second 95. But the way they were produced they costed nearly nothing and were huge successes. We know who Lara Croft is. We don’t need a reboot. We want a gritty dark Tomb Raider adventure with the ultimate action heroine Angelina Jolie.

  • Kate

    Denise Richards? Really? My only problem back on the day was that Angelina has blue eyes.

  • Kate

    Tom Cruise is 50 Mission Impossible rocked the charts. Harrison Ford is 70 Indiana Jones rocked the charts. Salt did pretty good too. So Angelina appeals to younger audience on all the other movies why not here?

  • Alex

    Box office mojo reports the first film’s budget at $115 million.

    Where did you get your source?

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