Neither of 2016's major video game movie adaptations (Warcraft and the newly-released Assassin's Creed) brought the genre the critical acclaim that fans have long hoped for - but there's always the future. One such upcoming video game-based film that has people intrigued is Tomb Raider, the reboot of the globe-trotting archeological adventure series on the big screen. Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina) is taking over the role of ancient artifact-hunter Lara Croft from her fellow Oscar-winner Angelina Jolie (who played the character in a pair of movies during the 2000s) for a film that is described as something of an origin story for Miss Croft.
With a director in Roar Uthaug, a script by Geneva Robertson-Dworet and Walton Goggins cast as the antagonist opposite Vikander's Lara Croft, the pieces are in place for Tomb Raider to begin production in time to make its March 2018 theatrical release date. It's now being reported that the early stages of filming on the project will get underway shortly after the start of the new year, meaning it might not be too long before we get our first glimpse of Vikander in costume as a version of Lara who's still learning the ropes.
My Entertainment World is reporting that Tomb Raider will begin production in January of 2017, in locations that include the UK and South Africa. One of the film's producers have confirmed that the reboot revolves in part around Lara's efforts to find out what happened to her long-missing father, so it stands to reason that the movie will include some real-world locations that Lara passes through during her journey, in addition to those brought to life via practical sets and green screen backdrops on soundstages in the UK. Hence the multiple filming locations, in other words.
The Tomb Raider video game series has been going strong since Crystal Dynamics rebooted the property in 2013, with a game that (like the new film) re-introduces Lara as an adventurer still working on her survival skills. Things are looking promising for the film reboot too, based on both the onscreen and behind the scenes talent involved. Uthaug, for example, is fresh off having directed the acclaimed disaster thriller The Wave. Meanwhile, Robertson-Dworet has quickly become an in-demand screenwriter and is working on such upcoming tentpoles as the Dungeons & Dragons movie reboot, as well as Suicide Squad spinoff Gotham City Sirens.
If that story sounds familiar, however, it's because it recalls the situations with Warcraft and Assassin's Creed - movies that both look to go down as disappointments in 2016. Things could be different this time around of course, not least of all because the mythology of Tomb Raider is more straight-forward and should (in theory) be easier to translate into a satisfying modern cinematic experience that those for either Assassin's Creed or Warcraft. Fans will just have to keep the faith alive that eventually one of these adaptation will break the video game movie "curse", even as they wait to find out if Tomb Raider is indeed "the one".
Source: My Entertainment World
- Tomb Raider (2018) release date: Mar 16, 2018