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28 January 2009  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  

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Tomb Raider Reboot Is Coming

Hollywood still hasn't made a great film based on a video game, but lor' bless those plucky rapscallions, they keep trying. And today Warners has announced that they're having another go at the Tomb Raider franchise, with a reimaging aimed at launching Lara Croft back into the big time.

Readers (male readers, certainly) will remember that Angelina Jolie previously played the action-loving, frightfully posh but totally hot-pants-wearing archaeologist* in two films or 2001 and 2003: Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life.** Her love interests were played by Daniel Craig and Gerard Butler respectively, who we're assuming learned how to kick the ten kinds of action ass they kicked in Bond and 300 respectively from Jolie.

This time the plan is very much to reboot the franchise, with a "reimagining" of the character, her origins, love interest and main villain. We bet they a) make it darker and b) change the bit where she's an English aristocrat.

There is no cast, writer or director yet, so this is some way off, but could it be the game adaptation we've all been waiting for? And if they got someone hot enough in the hot pants, will anyone care?

*We use this term loosely. VERY loosely.

**We've always wondered why the colon between "Croft" and "Tomb" disappeared second time around. Maybe the answer is contained in the mysterious Cradle of Life.


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RE: RE:
All good suggestions (Johnny Depp should be in everything). I wonder how young they're looking at going - should we be considering people like Emma Watson or Kaya Scodelario? Sadly I think Rachel Weisz is too 'mature' for the role now, she'd be in her 40s by the time they started shooting. :( Shame - she'd have been a great choice. Kate Beckinsale is definitely on the bland side, and only about 3 years younger than Weisz anyway, but Gemma Arterton could be good. Good call. More

Posted by xClaudiax at 19:57 on 27 August 2009 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
Who is a sexy but (potentially) athletic Brit actress who could play the role - Rachel Weisz toned up would be great, Kate Beckinsale would be Brit but bland, Gemma Arterton possibly? More

Posted by Fluke Skywalker at 14:53 on 27 August 2009 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
Johnny Depp? He plays everyone now. I also think he has the legs for hot pants. More

Posted by Maria Noir at 13:49 on 27 August 2009 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
Sadly the word is that Angelina isn't interested in coming back, and they're planning on jumping on the current trend and doing an origins story of sorts, with a younger Lara Croft. With that in mind who would you want? I'm still convinced there's a good Tomb Raider story to be told. It's got a good central character, and could include some great Indiana Jones style adventures. More

Posted by xClaudiax at 12:02 on 27 August 2009 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
Jolie is not that old, have her play Lara Croft again (just don't have her punching a shark in the nose) she is Lara Croft not Megan Fox I can't see her pulling off the accent either by any means. More

Posted by JoeyPottr at 07:03 on 27 August 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Tomb Raider Reboot Is Coming
Hi.. I'm new to this site and very exited by seeing the contents of the movie forums and i read the article of tom raider it was good. Thank you ------------ karkate -----------  More

Posted by karkate at 18:15 on 26 August 2009 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
I just couldn't buy Megan Fox as a classy, well-educated, aristocratic, English archeologist. Angelina Jolie managed to pull it off, but she's a brilliant actress. Anyway, why do so many English female characters end end up being played by American actresses? More

Posted by xClaudiax at 15:23 on 26 August 2009 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
Just use Megan Fox if you can't a hold of Jolie - I liked the previous movies and wouldn't mind another one.... More

Posted by Fluke Skywalker at 15:06 on 26 August 2009 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
I know it's not really her thing and she'd never do it, but a good script, a good director and Rebecca Hall as Lara could bring a bit of believability to the historical expert aspect of the character. Whether she can do action remains to be seen, but at least she's really English and a bit more authentic than just sticking a hot brunette in some tiny shorts to get the teen boys in. More

Posted by xClaudiax at 14:23 on 26 August 2009 | Report This Post

RE:
Good to see some other people liked the first 2 films. Perfect Popcorn films and La Jolie looked great. As far fetched and silly as any Bond or Indiana Jones film, I wonder if it's more to do with Angelina not conforming to the accepted roles that attractive women should play? The films are based on computer games.why expect anything other than entertainment from them? More

Posted by FGT at 10:11 on 30 January 2009 | Report This Post

I suppose Rhona Mitra would be the obvious choice!! I think there's great potential in a new Tomb Raider film but we'll have to see. More

Posted by Big Red at 15:47 on 29 January 2009 | Report This Post

I suppose Rhona Mitra would be the obvious choice!! I think there's great potential in a new Tomb Raider film but we'll have to see. More

Posted by Big Red at 15:45 on 29 January 2009 | Report This Post

I suppose Rhona Mitra would be the obvious choice!! I think there's great potential in a new Tomb Raider film but we'll have to see. More

Posted by Big Red at 14:58 on 29 January 2009 | Report This Post

I too heard rumours of Megan Fox being in talks to star. I'm not sure, can she do an english accent?? Why not cast an English actress for an English role? More

Posted by Laura T at 14:00 on 29 January 2009 | Report This Post

I suppose Rhona Mitra would be the obvious choice!! I think there's great potential in a new Tomb Raider film but we'll have to see. More

Posted by Big Red at 13:25 on 29 January 2009 | Report This Post

RE: WTF!!!
Or Emily Blunt? But I agree, just go back to Rhona Mitra. She oesn't command a huge salary so perhaps they'll be able to afford a decent writer/director. More

Posted by Timon at 10:31 on 29 January 2009 | Report This Post

RE: WTF!!!
Rhona Mitra anyone? More

Posted by Tech_Noir at 07:27 on 29 January 2009 | Report This Post

RE: WTF!!!
L: Histeria Flawed as the TR films were (especially the second), they were pretty damn enjoyable. And very importantly, Jolie absolutley t of Lara - getting the look,  moves, attitude and (thankfully) the accent spot on. sp; Spot on.    L: Histeria Shame Ms Jolie is too expensive and too 'serious' an actress for this these days. p; Ahem - Wanted?  Sky Captain?  More

Posted by DazDaMan at 00:12 on 29 January 2009 | Report This Post

Y'KNOW YA GETTIN OLD WHEN...........
They keep tryin to re-boot (tiresome bloody phrase) a franchise in the same decade it was launched in. The Hulk and the Punisher have been so far, Superman is next as we keep being reminded. Ahh well, can't blame em for tryin huh? More

Posted by boredbluekoala at 22:53 on 28 January 2009 | Report This Post

The first film was damn good fun. No brains required, but fun nonetheless. The second, though, was atrocious. I was both happy and unhappy in equal measure seeing Simon Yam in it, as he's a fantastic actor, but he's done far too much rubbish for a paycheque in Hong Kong already. More

Posted by John Firth at 20:21 on 28 January 2009 | Report This Post

oh great, another film they're gonna make 'darker'. i cant stand this obsession with 'darkness'. i personally loved the very camp very enjoyable first Lara Croft film More

Posted by tejrai at 18:29 on 28 January 2009 | Report This Post

Biel's Bourne to be Bond
I think Jessica Biel would be dynamite, hot in the pants, she can handle the action and has a believable english accent. If this is done right this could rival Bond/Bourne. More

Posted by picknmix at 17:56 on 28 January 2009 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
I'm sure there are plenty in drama colleges, struggling in tv, or just breaking through into film who would kill for the role.  However, if it all comes down to 'can they sell tickets?', the recognition factor will probably be far more important than their actual suitability for the role or for their acting ability.  Which does narrow down the potential list of suitable English actresses considerably.  Which is why, if they think like that, the prospects are bleak tbh. The m More

Posted by KeithM at 16:17 on 28 January 2009 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
L: KeithM Are actual English actresses so thin on the ground that American actresses are the only option? If they can't even be bothered to get that bit right, what hope is there for the integrity of the rest of it? sp; I am inclined to agree with you (although it was simply my desire to see Carla Gugino in a vest top and hot pants the inspired my choice!)   Honestly though, I am struggling to think of an english actress - other than maybe the aforementioned More

Posted by waltham1979 at 15:56 on 28 January 2009 | Report This Post

RE:
Are actual English actresses so thin on the ground that American actresses are the only option? If they can't even be bothered to get that bit right, what hope is there for the integrity of the rest of it? More

Posted by KeithM at 15:48 on 28 January 2009 | Report This Post

Anyone else think that Carla Gugino should play Lara Croft??? More

Posted by waltham1979 at 14:13 on 28 January 2009 | Report This Post

Fox is a little young ...
... and skinny IMHO. Maybe if she puts on some muscle and does some kung fu!? The original 2 were SO bad that I only got halfway through the 2nd one before I switched it off in disgust. If the new one is brave enough to ACTUALLY HAVE A STORY then maybe, just maybe, it will be cool. Basically, don't let anyone who worked on the others near it. It's sad, because Jolie was the only good thing in it. Spot on accent! More

Posted by Nicky C at 14:13 on 28 January 2009 | Report This Post

why even bother with it? Ohh big titted bitch who never seems to die. Gears of War or Mass Effect or even Grand Theft Auto would be a more interesting video game adaptations rather than doing a known failed film frachise once again. But hay ifs its Megan Fox then sure, see you at the cinema! More

Posted by ghulley at 13:16 on 28 January 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Tomb Raider Reboot Is Coming
I really loved Angelina, I can't think of anybody else as Lara Croft. Because everybody who is gonna play Lara Croft will be judged on Angelina's work before them*. So no one will do good or Angelina has done something wrong. (not by my opinion)   *bout my poor English More

Posted by LBBT at 13:05 on 28 January 2009 | Report This Post

The original is still the best
Rhona Mitra is Lara Croft - she got her big break being Lara Croft for the game launch - google it if you don't believe me. As an actress she's average at best, but as Lara Croft she is perfect. The only creative talent that could do this justice is Joss Whedon - writer/producer/director/whatever - he has to be involved. More

Posted by Dr Science at 12:38 on 28 January 2009 | Report This Post

RE: WTF!!!
Flawed as the TR films were (especially the second), they were pretty damn enjoyable. And very importantly, Jolie absolutley t of Lara - getting the look,  moves, attitude and (thankfully) the accent spot on. If the rumours of Megan Fox prove true, I suspect this will be a mess of Elektra proportions. Shame Ms Jolie is too expensive and too 'serious' an actress for this these days. I'm sure there is an actress who could play it as well, but off the top of my head, I can't th More

Posted by Histeria at 11:41 on 28 January 2009 | Report This Post

WTF!!!
Leave them alone!! The first two were fine...Angelina Jolie IS Lara Croft!! LEAVE IT!!! More

Posted by Noelg25 at 11:30 on 28 January 2009 | Report This Post

Don't Know What To Say About This.
Was I the only one who really enjoyed the first two Lara Croft movies? Yes, more or less the reasons were the love intrests (Craig in the first and Butler in the second) but it was good enough entertment for a few hours and had a gripping storyline. Now they want to reboot this all over again. I don't know what to say about this, I'm a fan of the movies and the games but why are they bothering when they know it's going to fail everytime they make a videogame to a movie? Many have been good to me More

Posted by joanna likes films at 09:35 on 28 January 2009 | Report This Post

The franchise has a strong central character and as we know from (some of) the Indiana Jones films, relic hunting has good story potential. However, in order to work, you have to have a writer who wants to deliver a decent script rather than just get paid and a director who wants to return to the good old days of adventure films when they actually did the stunts, rather than using CGI to create the danger (e.g. the thoroughly unconvincing train crash in Wanted). More

Posted by Old_Pyrate at 09:24 on 28 January 2009 | Report This Post

I read somewhere recently that Megan Fox was in talks for the role of Lara. I've got a feeling if she did don the hotpants and guns combo that guys would come flocking to the cinema and leave behind a nice line of drool! More

Posted by stripey_camel at 09:23 on 28 January 2009 | Report This Post

More DFW goodness
INT:An English aristocrat, Helen 'Scarlet O'Hara* sits inside a train carriage reading Infinite Jest. Beautiful mind style little comments below the margin swirl around her head, while the music from Requiem for a dream plays in the background. O'Hara is searching for the missing Aztec footnote famed to contain the real answer to the meaning of life. Mickey Rourke ** storms in. O'hara: Who are you? Rourke holds up a badge: I'm the Grammar police O'Hara: I have committed no crime*** R More

Posted by inkedbeatnik at 09:05 on 28 January 2009 | Report This Post

Here we go again...
I do think that there's a decent film in this game franchise somewhere but the previous attempts were pretty dire...not terrible but just generally rubbish. Still I think they did reasonably well box office wise so the studio obviously thinks there's still something there. I'm not sure a total reboot of the character would be necessary, just do what the Bond franchise does every time they change the actor playing him: character essentially the same but direction different and previous incarnati More

Posted by Marwood at 08:58 on 28 January 2009 | Report This Post

In other words: If the title of the third follows the same pattern it should be something like Lara Croft Tomb Raider The Cradle of Life: Put your title here. Man, imagine what that would look like if there were, like, 10 films. More

Posted by Metalion at 08:27 on 28 January 2009 | Report This Post

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