The upcoming Tomb Raider reboot will honor the famed character, Lara Croft, yet still introduce new elements into the franchise. The character is not only considered one of the most iconic video game characters ever created, but one of the most iconic fictional characters, throughout any medium. Ever since Lara Croft burst onto the scene in the mid-1990s, she has been adapted into several different mediums, including onto the big screen in 2001.
Angelina Jolie portrayed the famed tomb raiding archaeologist in two movies directed by Jan de Bont: Lara Croft: Tomb Raider in 2001 and its sequel, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider - The Cradle of Life in 2003. Unfortunately, poor critical reviews and the lack of financial success at the worldwide box office shot down hopes for another installment. Instead, Warner Bros. has teamed up with MGM and GK Films to bring about a reboot based on the 2013 video game reboot by Crystal Dynamics. The upcoming film is directed by Norwegian filmmaker Roar Uthaug and stars Vikander in the title role as Lara Croft.
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Vikander has been busy promoting her latest film, Euphoria, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival this past week, and in an interview with THR at the festival, she briefly talked about the upcoming Tomb Raider reboot, offering fans a preview of what's to come. Here's what she said:
“She’s a very loved character, like you said, and I grew up playing the games, and I was thrilled when I was fifteen and I saw the films with Angelina Jolie. She really made her into an icon with those films. The video game went through quite a change and it got rebooted in 2013, and it’s very much an origin story. And it’s kind of the next door girl taking on a journey of becoming the action hero that we very much know her to be. So, I definitely think there’s a lot of elements there, both honoring the character that people know of and a lot of new elements that they will hopefully be surprised and engaged to see.”
It's no secret that movie studios have struggled with adapting video games into motion pictures over the years. Several adaptations, such as Duncan Jones' Warcraft and Justin Kurzel's Assassin's Creed, could have been the turning point for the subgenre, but for various reasons, each movie failed to break the video game movie curse. Still, that doesn't mean Hollywood is giving up anytime soon. In addition to bringing audiences another Tomb Raider movie, there are several other video game movies in development from various studios, such as Brad Peyton's Rampage starring Dwayne Johnson.
Whether any of those movies do their source material justice is something we'll just have to wait to find out. In regards to next year's Tomb Raider reboot, as long as the film does the character and the video game franchise justice, then many fans will be happy.
- Tomb Raider (2018) release date: Mar 16, 2018