Tomb Raider Reboot To Be “Realistic Origin Story”

Published 5 years ago by , Updated July 1st, 2014 at 10:06 am,

lara croft tomb raider Tomb Raider Reboot To Be Realistic Origin Story

It was announced earlier this year that a Tomb Raider reboot was in the works. The rumor of Megan Fox replacing Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft was denied straight away by her spokesperson, but according to producer Dan Lin (who produced Terminator Salvation) they are still going to go for a younger Lara, so Jolie is definitely not coming back to reprise the role for a third time.

In an interview at the premiere of Terminator Salvation, Lin talked about various different movies he’s involved with, one of which was the Tomb Raider reboot. When asked about what we can expect from the movie, he replied that it won’t be of the same feel as the previous incarnation:

“…It’s a great origin story that we’re going to tell… more character orientated, more realistic than the past Lara Croft movies… It is an origin story, so it is a younger Lara Croft… It’s not full-on action, like Terminator, it’s character-driven action… For me, the Lara Croft movies and games have gone a little too action orientated… I want it to have action but with character.”

For the full video interview with Lin you can head over to About.com

I’m actually not totally against the idea of a Tomb Raider reboot, simply because they didn’t do all that they could have done with the existing ones, and adding a third chapter to the current continuity wouldn’t do much good at this point.

However, I’m not in favor of what Lin is describing they’re doing with this reboot. I can’t see how he can complain that the previous movies (and particularly the games), are too action-oriented: For one, the whole point of a video game is fun, entertaining action for you to control, and I think the movie version should keep to that spirit.

There are enough “realistic” and “dark” origin stories out there already without a newfound Tomb Raider series coming along and just doing the same thing again (it certainly didn’t work with Wolverine). There are certainly elements from the games, such as Lara’s history with her father, that can be drawn upon to be part of the new Tomb Raider movies. But it shouldn’t be the thing that the movie concentrates on – can they really bring anything new to the “realistic origin story” table?

As far as the possibility of Megan Fox being the new Lara Croft goes, although it was publicly denied by her spokesperson, it doesn’t necessarily mean she won’t ever be cast in the role. The denial was issued almost 6 months ago, but fast-forward to the present day and Miss Fox’s mind might have changed. I’m not sure about her acting ability (with the origin story angle, acting chops are a bit more important than they were for the previous movies), but what do you do when the story calls for a younger actress, and therefore excludes Angelina Jolie? Well, you get someone who rivals Jolie in the looks department, that’s what.

What is your opinion on the realistic origin story they are going to have in the Tomb Raider reboot? Should they just keep it action orientated, as the games are?

Sources: About.com and /Film

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  1. I liked the first two films and don’t see the neccessity for a reboot….just make it a prequel.

    While I do like how hot Megan Fox is…..I can’t picture her as Lara Croft…well yes I can picture her in the outfit, but that would be a joke to cast her as Croft.

  2. To paraphrase Johnny Cochran “Is the bra don’t fit you must make her quit!”

    Even Jolie didn’t have big enough breasts to fill the cup of Croft. They digitally enhanced her and she wore a padded bra to look the part.

    We don’t need a female Indiana JOnes saga here. We need boobs, guns and adventure…in that order.

  3. I said it before and I’ll say it again… STOP WITH THE REBOOTS!!

  4. TO TELL YOU THE TRUTH, MEGAN FOX SHOULD DO IT, IN A PERFECT WORLD WHERE DIRECTORS AND STUDIOS DO THINGS RIGHT, MEGAN FOX..FULL ON ACTION, PEOPLE COULD CARE LESS ABOUT AN ORIGIN STORY, YOU THINK OF TOMB RAIDER YOU THINK OF KEY THINGS YOU WANT TO SEE, NOT HOPE TO SEE BUT WANT TO SEE-ACTION,SEXUALITY,KICK BUTT FIGHT SCENES AND A INDIANA JONES ENERGY AND DRIVE BEHIND IT..OTHERWISE,AND I’LL SAY THIS STRAIGHT UP-PEOPLE WILL CRUCIFY THE MOVIE..ITS NOT WHAT I THINK, ITS WHAT I KNOW.OK MAYBE THEY DIDNT DO EVERYTHING THEY COULD HAVE WITH JOLIE, BUT WITHOUT KEY THINGS WE WANT, I’LL JUST SAY”DRAGONBALL”.

  5. Meghan Fox? Giddy up

  6. Wouldn’t be able to buy Fox as Lara.

  7. We really don’t need another reboot. Don’t they get it? We want to ‘escape’ at the movies. If I wanted realism, I’d go out in the middle of the freeway! -Stark

  8. Fox is hot. Thats all that matters. No one cares about the story or even the franchise. As long as theres a hot chick in that outfit kicking ass, I’m game.

  9. Oh GOODY!!! Yet another “Sole-less” Re-boot!
    Sorry ya’ll…just had to go there…
    Still waiting on the massively intrigueing & sensational “re-imagining”/”reboot” of “Dude, where’s my car?”…

  10. Lara wasn’t made for an origin story, Boobs, Guns, and a lot of ass kicking is what Lara was made for, Megan Fox gets it for me.

  11. Megan Fox is a body fitting lycra/leather outfit with lots of cleavage and kicking butt? Count me in….

  12. First, there are much hotter women in Hollywood than Megan Fox. I know she’s the one “in style” now, but come on.

    Secondly, just about everyone in Hollywood can act better than Megan Fox. Haven’t the execs at Hollywood seen her in Transformers? I mean, seriously…

    So how can they have a “realistic” Tomb Raider movie with an actress that’s basically picked only for her looks and not for even a hint of an acting ability??? Sounds more like the casting call for a pr0n movie…

  13. Angelina Jolie IS Tomb Raider. Period.

  14. @ BJ Jones

    I might be the minority here, but I never bought Jolie as Tomb Raider. Something just doesn’t sit well.

    Don’t get me wrong, Jolie is one of the most beautiful women alive but she just doesn’t fit the Lara Croft image.

  15. If they want a new younger, hot Lara croft, they should cast Scarlett Johanson. She is hot, has big boobs (a lara croft requirement) and can actually act. While Megan Fox is SUPER hot, she is not exactly packing in the boob department. Plus SCARJO is a much better actress.

  16. ap, now you’ve done it, you’ve mentioned Johansson, now that idiot, forgot his name, will come in here and spam that same retarded message about how she’s just a clone using illegally obtained samples blah blah blah…

    Any moment now…

  17. @ap

    Going to have to disagree with you there. Johanson is really hot but does not fit into this role at all (other than the boob department, which even she is not big enough for). Her faces does not look like that of Lara Croft. She’s too short.

    Meghan Fox, perfect body for a younger Lara Croft. Great legs, not too exotic of a face.

    Boobs (I feel like a 12 year old saying that word) can always be fixed (Angelina’s chest was artificially enlarged)

  18. I think Queen Latifa should be the new Lara Croft…

    lol

  19. @ Ken J
    Queen Latifah as Lara Croft? Oh my goodness you need help.

  20. I was never really a fan of Tomb Raider, so if they did that, it wouldn’t anger me or upset me, I will probably find it hilarious, lol. It’ll be completely stupid, but hilarious for me just because I’ll know how mad all of the fans are, hahahaha

  21. THERE’S NO TOMB RAIDER FILMS IN A PERFECT WORLD GUNSMITH?

    WHERE’S THIS PERFECT WORLD YOU SPEAK OF?

  22. I THINK IN A PERFECT WORLD, PEOPLE WHO USE CAPS LOCK WILL GET A HINT AND STOP USING CAPS LOCK. MY BOSS DOES THAT IN HIS EMAILS AND IT IS REALLY ANNOYING.

    • HELLO KEN,THIS IS YOUR BOSS.GET BACK TO WORK!ALSO GET ME A COFFEE.THAT IS ALL.

  23. i’m going against the grain with ‘my’ comment…

  24. Seems like all you all want is an actress with large breasts, beautiful body,…..lovely face,………..looks good in leather…..

    What was I talking about? :-)

  25. Megan Fox’s dead to the world stare creeps me the hell out.

    I’m sick of realism, if you look at the big money makers this year, so is everyone else. I think it’s about time to inject some imagination and fun back into movies again.

  26. Has anyone seen the new live action model for Tomb Raider?

    http://www.facebook.com/album.php?page=1&aid=31763&op=6&id=22857298142

    Alison Carroll can do just about anything she wants with me. :P

  27. i think they should cast that woman who played gretchen in prison break as lara

  28. Anyone but Meghan Fox, she is the female counterpart to Keeanu, stiff with a good looking face and the acting chops of a lawn ornament. Breast size is irrelevant the people in the makeup department can bolt a set on any actress they bring in. Her complete lack of bottom should also pose no problem. As for Dan Lin I think he should be laying low after what he helped do to Terminator. How about they look across the pond for a brit. At least we wouldn’t have to hear anyone butcher the accent. How about they go for full hype like all the silly buzz around Sasha Grey I say the new Laura be Alicia Rhodes. LOL

  29. “Character driven action”?
    Sounds like Terminator Salvation to me.
    everybody wants to reivent the wheel and combine action with psychology.
    Just tell a good story and be done with it.

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