‘Tomb Raider’ Reboot Movie Working Closely With Game Developers

Published 2 years ago by , Updated March 5th, 2013 at 2:06 pm,

Tomb Raider Reboot Tomb Raider Reboot Movie Working Closely With Game Developers

News and rumors of a reboot of the Tomb Raider film franchise have been kicking around for years – mostly centering on which actress will end up filling Angelina Jolie’s hiking boots as Lara Croft. Even after the project acquired some actual heft and momentum when it was acquired by GK Films, it seemed to be taking its sweet time getting into production.

Part of the reason why the movie is taking so long may be its close relationship with the reboot of the Tomb Raider video game franchise. Since that particular game releases today – and to some decent critical buzz, no less – its film adaptation looks to be on the move once more.

Variety reports that GK Films has been working closely with video game developer Crystal Dynamics to shape the upcoming Tomb Raider movie. Crystal Dynamics head Darrell Gallagher says:

“They are working from this new take that we’ve given them… It was important for both of us to have a cohesive version of the franchise… We didn’t want to see a film version that was a continuation of the old Tomb Raider films.”

This implied adherence to the latest Tomb Raider‘s storyline would make the film reboot the first in its franchise to draw directly from the plot of its source material. It certainly wouldn’t be the Tomb Raider of the mid-1990s – the franchise reboot casts Lara Croft as a fresh-eyed 21-year-old shipwrecked on an island full of scavenger cultists. The gritty, survival horror-tinged take on treasure-hunting is intended to show Lara’s transformation from a wealthy, naive tourist to hard-boiled gunslinger.

As this newest Tomb Raider has been getting approving (and sometimes enthusiastic) marks from reviewers, sales are all but guaranteed to be more than respectable. Thus, it makes sense that GK Films is in heavy collaboration with the game-makers for the upcoming film adaptation. It’s also in keeping with previous comments on the project that stated the movie would be more of a “character study” that will examine what makes Lara Croft tick. As such, we may end up seeing a rebooted movie directly lifted from the content of a rebooted video game.

This does raise the question of exactly how much of a direct adaptation of the game the film will end up being. Previously, the Tomb Raider films have been solidly PG-13 fare. The games’ reboot, however, has been highlighted/called out for its incredibly gruesome, M-rated content. Can GK Films retain the spirit of this latest Tomb Raider while also keeping it palatable for general audiences?

Tomb Raider Angelina Jolie Tomb Raider Reboot Movie Working Closely With Game Developers

Image of Angelina Jolie in ‘Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life.’

This may not end up being much of an issue. Plenty of recent films (such as The Dark Knight) have pushed the boundaries of the PG-13 rating while also delivering an genuinely grim and unsettling experience. One need not directly show Lara planting an ice axe in a cultist’s neck for an authentic Tomb Raider movie. And, obviously, movie audiences will not be subjected to Lara failing a quick-time event and getting impaled on rusty rebar over and over again.

Though it’s still a long way from being a reality, the initial success of the Tomb Raider video game reboot all but guarantees GK Films moving forward with its film reboot. Seeing just how that movie takes shape will be interesting indeed.


Keep your eyes on Screen Rant for the latest news on the Tomb Raider reboot.

Source: Variety

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  1. Thats how it should be, take note studios who plan to do videogame films.

  2. Now there’s a chance for getting it right for a change, although the game reboot doesn’t have much of what made Tomb Raider so successful either.

  3. A real opportunity to make a legitimate female led action series charting the psychological growth from adolescence to womanhood whilst embracing the absolute iconography of the character. Truly, if Hollywood gets this correct, we would have a genuine, viable role model for woman/girls all around the world, something sorely lacking in all industries I would suggest.

    Cut to cigar chomping studio executive: “So, who’s got the biggest breasts out there?”

    We all know how poorly games translate to movies. It is quite simple really. You give people the game they have already played but not let them play it. It is what kills the movie. So, make the movie different from the game and acknowledge the game at certain points throughout. I am very selective about which movies I go to the cinema to see. I would not be interested in paying to see a two hour game I have already spent 20 hours playing at home.

    • Of the age-appropriate actresses out there, Leven Rambin has the biggest breasts… :-)

  4. I am all for this film. It will be good to have a powerful female role on the big screen. However I would like to see a Halo film before a Tomb Raider reboot.

  5. Lauren cohan maggie from the walking dead should play laura croft if there basing her from the new playstation 3 game

  6. olivia wilde

    • Agreed, I remember SR publishing an article with pictures of her trying out for the part. I think she wants to be Laura Croft almost as bad as Ryan Reynolds wants to be Deadpool.

  7. I say… emily blunt! She is amazing in everything, doesnt look all the part tho but who cares. Or olivia wylde maybe gemma

  8. how about cobie smulder?

  9. jessica beil?

  10. Wealthy girl shipwrecked on an island to become a hard-boiled gunslinger?

    Did they get this idea from Arrow? Maybe Yao Fei can be on the island to help. :)

  11. Off the top of my head, I’d say Gemma Arterton.

    • yes yes yes i agree

  12. It would be great if they had the actual actress who voices Lara in the new game play her on screen.

  13. Tom Raider!

    • A completely different franchise, I assure you.

  14. Maria Hill

  15. Olivia Thirlby all the way

  16. Cool. …

    I want to see Camilla Luddington as Lara Croft/Tomb Raider, or Olivia Wilde or maybe Cobie Smulders

  17. How about dark-haired Emma Stone ala Zombieland.

  18. idk about this keira knightley maybe?

  19. Tanit Phoenix from Deathrace 2, and Deathrace: Inferno.

  20. Sarah Bolger. She played Aurora in Once Upon a Time. A stunning young brunette who can act.

  21. I say Scarlett Johansson, Jessica Biel, or Natalie Portman

    • oh and Anne Hathaway

  22. Lauren Cohen all the way!! She is the only one i see as Lara. But Angelina would always do it for me…

    darn it, that woman was gorgeous!!!!!

  23. Tanit Phoenix from Deathrace 2, and Deathrace: Inferno.

  24. Although it’s a fun exercise to devise these castings, I’d rather that Croft be played by an unknown talent. Someone who can disappear into the iconic role because we don’t know her as anyone else. Leave established actors to the supporting cast or antagonist.

    That said, my vote will always go to Nathan Fillion. If the Internet is correct, he should play every character in any videogame to movie adaptation.

  25. Some of the names I’m seeing here aren’t anywhere close to a “fresh-eyed 21 year-old.” Let’s get real, folks!

    If anything, I would like a little-known actor whose face we aren’t used to seeing in specific roles. After all, this is a reboot.

  26. Chris Nolan should direct, that would be amazing!

  27. We need an English actress – Jessica Brown Findlay from Downton Abbey!

  28. Keira Knightley or Tanit Phoenix are good choices too. …