Having Angelina Jolie and Megan Fox not involved won't stall the reboot of the Tomb Raider film franchise. In 2009, producer Dan Lin (Terminator Salvation, Sherlock Holmes) was set on offering another take on a younger Lara Croft that would offer a more character-driven and "realistic' Tomb Raider origin story but it never came to be.
Now comes word that that Producer Graham King (Rango, The Town) has acquired the rights to Tomb Raider and will produce alongside Tim Headington (Hugo Cabret, The Tourist). The film will be a retelling of the Lara Croft origin story and is tentatively planned for a 2013 release.
We all know Tomb Raider was coming back and it's only been a matter of time to get the right people behind the project. There is no director or writer signed yet but Headington and Graham King have a strong working relationship, having worked on Rango, The Tourist, Edge of Darkness and many other features together.
The timing of this announcement jives perfectly with the recent Olivia Wilde photos which depict her in a Lara Croft get-up for a photoshoot which was apparently for an episode of House but aren't really. Combined with the rumors that she's in talks for the role (denied by her reps), and it's intriguing that this reboot announcement comes a mere few weeks later.
Tomb Raider is of course based on the successful video game franchise of the same name which is also about to undergo a franchise reboot from developer Crystal Dynamics. This video game reboot will follow a young 21 year-old Lara as she departs on her first adventure for hidden artifacts after graduation the academy, heading for Japan but ending up stranded on a mysterious island. I wouldn't be surprised if the film follows a similar path with a fresh face to act as the poster girl for the potential new Tomb Raider movie series that will compete against the Uncharted adaptation by David O. Russell.
If you take a look at the unveiling cover art for the new take on Lara Croft and you can just imagine the potential to a make a very cool film, without the campiness and over-the-top action and offer instead an intriguing thriller/adventure/mystery with a believable and strong female lead. I'm game for this on the idea itself, but it entirely depends on who is brought in to direct and star.
Who would you cast as Lara Croft?
Tomb Raider is planned for a 2013 release date.