Twenty years ago, a video game about a maverick British archaeologist was released on several platforms – most notably on the first Playstation. Tomb Raider went on to sell 7.5 million copies worldwide and spawned a well loved series. Hollywood soon caught on and a movie, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) was released starring Angelina Jolie in the title role. Whilst the film was critically panned, it was a box office success and soon followed by Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003). This time the reviews, although not good, weren’t quite so bad – but that didn’t make up for the sequel’s poor financial performance.
Apart from a couple of games in the mid-noughties, it wasn’t until 2013 that Tomb Raider was looked on as favourably as it’s original debut back in 1996. A reboot of the same name was released that year on major platforms; a critical and financial success for the brand. This interpretation of Lara was younger and less experienced than in previous games with a more real world game style. It was succeeded last year by Rise of the Tomb Raider, which repeated its success in reviews and the box office. It comes as little surprise then, that Hollywood are working on a reboot of the film series – but this time, based on the recent rebooted video games.
At the helm of the Tomb Raider movie reboot is Norwegian director Roar Uthaug (The Wave) with different script drafts having been put together for the project these past few years, including one by Mark Fergus and Hawk Osby (Iron Man). However, the biggest news surrounding the film so far has been the potential involvement of Daisy Ridley. Since her break-out turn in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the Tomb Raider reboot’s producers have been considering her for the role of Lara Croft, and Ridley has likewise confirmed that there have been conversations on that topic – though, she has yet to receive an official offer to star.
Lending further credence to the idea of Ridley starring in the Tomb Raider movie reboot is a rumor from Heroic Hollywood, claiming that the October, 6th 2017 staked out for an “Event Film” by Warner Bros. Pictures – at the same time that it set new release dates for Wonder Woman and two additional DC films – is being reserved for Lara Croft’s return to the big screen. Furthermore, it’s believed that the film will be called The Tomb Raider, since the studio has registered www.thetombraidermovie.com ahead of time.
Assuming this rumour is true, then The Tomb Raider is likely to start shooting in the latter half of this year – presumably, after Ridley has finished filming Rian Johnson’s currently-untitled Star Wars: Episode VIII. This would fit well with her work schedule as Ridley would thus have time to shoot the Lara Croft reboot before starting Episode VIII promotion in 2017, and then Colin Trevorrow’s Episode IX filming later that same year.
Considering this, plus her turn as Rey and new found stardom, it would seem all the more likely that Ridley will be cast and commit to playing Lara Croft in the foreseeable future. Video game film adaptations haven’t had the best track record critically, but with Ridley’s casting and a script based on the more realistic (and acclaimed) new Tomb Raider games, it looks like this could just work. Assuming all goes ahead, this could just be the first Tomb Raider movie to be both a critical and financial success.
We’ll bring you more information on the Tomb Raider reboot as it becomes available.
Source: Heroic Hollywood