‘Tomb Raider’ Producer Offers Updates on Reboot Film

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Oscar-nominated scribes Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby (Children of Men, Iron Man) have reportedly completed their script work for a rebooting of the Tomb Raider movie franchise, which GK Films acquired the rights to earlier this year. The plan, at that time, was to craft a cinematic reworking of badass adventurer Lara Croft’s origins that could (fairly) quickly begin production, in order to make a 2013 release date.

Producer Graham King (the upcoming Hugo) has now provided an update on the project, which he indicates is still aiming to begin shooting sometime next year.

King snagged an Academy Award for The Departed and has previously worked primarily on higher-pedigree titles, such as Traffic, Ali, The Aviator, and The Town. However, his upcoming production slate includes a mix of popcorn fare (Dark Shadows, World War Z) and prestigious dramatic works (In the Land of Blood and Honey, Argo). Hence why it’s not so surprising to hear that his Tomb Raider reboot aims to occupy a middle ground and be more of a thematically-substantial, but still action-packed blockbuster flick.

Here is how the producer described the Tomb Raider reboot to Collider:

“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.”

King also had the following to offer Coming Soon, on the subject:

“[The ‘Tomb Raider’ reboot] does have a lot of really great characters, but it’s a lot of action and a lot of fun, and for me, it’s something very different. I’ve not really done a movie like that before, but I really gravitated to rebooting this franchise and we’re going to give it a shot.”

Both of the previous Angelina Jolie-headlined Tomb Raider movies were helmed by directors (specifically, Simon West and Jan de Bont) who specialize in mindless action films, both good and bad. It sounds as though the series’ reboot is instead embracing the same approach utilized by Batman Begins and Casino Royale: explore the origins of the franchise’s protagonist in a grittier fashion that dials down the (ludicrously) over-the-top set pieces and moves away from the semi-campy tone that its predecessors often embraced. In other words, a Tomb Raider movie that resembles the latest installment in the video game franchise.

tomb raider reboot Tomb Raider Producer Offers Updates on Reboot Film

Olivia Wilde has been touted as a potential great choice to follow in Jolie’s footsteps and portray Miss Croft onscreen, based on both her appearance and action star prowess (see: her part in TRON: Legacy and, to a lesser degree, Cowboys & Aliens). Previous rumors aside, though, there’s no guarantee that casting will actually happen.

However, since we’re on the subject: it won’t be long until moviegoers get to see Gina Carano show off her skills as an (onscreen) kickass heroine in Steven Soderbergh’s Haywire. While we’ve mentioned her before as potentially being a worthy candidate to play Wonder Woman, the Mixed Martial Arts star could also fit nicely into Lara Croft’s boots…

Stay tuned to hear more about the Tomb Raider reboot in the (relatively) near future.

Source: Collider, Coming Soon

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  1. May i suggest Minka Kelly for the role.

    she’s a beautiful and talented actress, and with the now cancelled Charlies Angels, it shows she can do action and an open schedual.

  2. Wait she had powers? I only briefly played one of the games and it didn’t seem to indicate she had powers. Olympic level athlete? Sure. Powers no.

    • LOL I was thinking the same thing

  3. Powers?? Wtf?

  4. Charlie’s angels got cancelled???that sucks!

    • well yea cause the show sucked… but i think its only right to get somone actually english to play lara croft i cant stand it when americans try to pull off the British thing with the exception of RDJ of course ..

    • cause the show sucked lol

  5. Any brunette hot actress that can act as good as Angelina Jolie will do. Please DO NOT put Megan Fox, Amber Heard-she’s ok, but no. Is Jeniffer Lawrence a real brunette because she could be perfect and she’s an Academy Award Nominee and she’s HOT! Maybe an English actress will do as well.

    • Jennifer Lawrence is a good actress, but if she’s cast then alot of the audience may be like, “Katniss Everdeen doesn’t know how to fire a gun!”. So…yeah :/

  6. The last two flicks were more about angelina jolie than being Lara Croft. For me she literally drained down the essence of Lara and also need point out that movies was badly written just like A Statham flick

  7. Gina Carano, Jessica Biel, Hayley Atwell Gemma Arterton or Lynn Collins as Lara Croft. This is a second chance to get it right. This is an opportunity.

  8. Whoever ends up playing Lara Croft needs to be a talented young actress who has a fuller figure with an ample cleavage, fuller legs and a fuller backside.

  9. WOW REALLY!? Olivia Wilde
    Hmm Lara Croft is british right, so why not get Rhona Mitra to play Lara Croft.
    Wouldn’t Rhona Mitra fit alot better.
    Try harder hollywood WTH?! Stop going with these popular ATM stars & look for an actress that fits the role.
    Spiderman anyone ? Hollywood has Mary Jane Watson played by Kirsten Dunst instead of Bryce Dallas who looks better & fits as Mary Jane Watson but she’s cast as Gwen Stacey.

    Rhona Mitra would be a smart choice for Lara Croft.

    • VampireWicked thats the same thing i thought when i watched why does she look better looking then Mary Jane? Would prefer Jessica Biel with the role.

  10. alright, so im just going to throw it out there. probably going to get alot of heat for this…but what about Hayley Attwell? She’s hot and she is a good actresss. Just give her some training.

    • she looks like a man, “shes hot” is not the only criteria for a job like this! lara croft is an icon! i even was against angelina jolie as lara croft! amber heard looks like a good choise lookswise but her acting is ew! i hope HOLLYWOOD gives a s*** this time around

  11. @ tank d
    What about when Brits, Aussies, and Kiwis play Americans? How does that make you feel?

  12. How about Odette Yustman for the part of Lara Croft? She just needs to work on her British accent.

  13. Emma Watson or Gemma Arterton. Please not Olivia Wilde!!! PLEASE IN THE NAME OF TOMB RAIDER DON’T CAST OLIVIA WILDE

  14. i love the idea of emma watson also but she doesnt really look the part, shes hot as hell. but in a really dif way then laura.

  15. How about hollywood focus on making it more accurate to the games. I will see tomb raider but they should really look more into the games. The last two were amazing but was no where near the games. They didnt even at least give her the outfits she wore in the games to film.

  16. Jennifer Lawrence looks the part.

  17. I reckon they should try the model for lara for underworld, Allison Carroll, see what she has in store for the role, she’s familiar with the part and brilliant.

  18. Maybe megan fox would be better for the part she looks quite a lot like angelina jolie but younger

  19. I hope it’s Jessica Biel. She has the facial structure, strength, beauty, and I’d actually watch it with her in it.

  20. Kate Beckinsale would be an awesome Lara!

  21. I would like to see Lacey Chabert as Laura Croft Tomb Raider. It would be out of her element and I think she’s a great actress. Come on, the girl plays Meg Griffin in Family Guy! Check her out!

  22. would love to see gina carano cast as lara croft. 95 lbs angie just was a little too much to belive.

  23. For god sake no.. not Olivia Wilde. Use Camilla Luddington. She’s the voice for Lara in the game, she suits the role and she is British! @Camilluddington

  24. Samantha Barks should be Laura Croft

  25. They need to use Sophia Bush, she’s a really good actress and she looks identical to the new Lara Croft.

  26. Just cast Lyndsy Fonseca already! she has the looks, she has the talent for acting! just watch Nikita!

  27. I’m really hoping for nina dobrev, from the vampire diaries, she’s really hot, can act, and looks the part, plus she’s not overly well known, so she won’t overshadow Lara as a character… Best choice in my humble opinion

  28. Okay ya, Lindsy Fonseca or Nicola Peltz are the two best choices in my opinion.