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Producer Graham King Talks Tomb Raider
Admittedly very briefly

21 November 2011  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: Coming Soon

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Producer Graham King Talks Tomb Raider

It's been a while since we heard any updates about the Tomb Raider reboot, and we'd hesitate to use that word about this story. But let's say that producer Graham King has just re-emphasised his intentions to continue the adventures of Lara Croft.

King inherited the videogame franchise back in March, when his GK Films banner nabbed the rights from Warner Bros and Square Enix. Since we last reported, the only real news has been that Iron Man writers Hawk Ostby and Mark Fergus have scored the screenplay gig. But the task they've been assigned is, as has always been mooted, to completely reboot the franchise as an origin story, and ignore the continuity of the Angelina Jolie instalments Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle Of Filth Life.

"[Those two films] weren't disasters," says King, most recently at work with Martin Scorsese on Hugo, "but the story that we're telling is really the story before she became Lara Croft, so it is a character piece, which I find interesting. It's still a lot of action and a lot of fun, but it does have a lot of really great characters, and for me, it's something very different. I've not really done a movie like that before, but I really gravitated to rebooting this franchise and we're going to give it a shot."

The reboot also, conveniently, means that the role can be recast, probably with a cheaper actress than superstar Jolie. Start with the wild speculation as to who that could be below.

If the new Tomb Raider makes its originally mooted 2013 release date, it'll be following reasonably closely on the heels of the similarly rebooted game franchise. The next console Tomb Raider, with a 21-year-old "fresh-from-the-academy" Lara Croft honing her nascent fighting and puzzling skills following a shipwreck off the coast of Japan, is in development and currently expected for release in the third quarter of 2012. Its recently-trademarked tagline is "A survivor is born".


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Dear Empire you appear to have used a picture of Ben Barnes for your Tomb Raider story by mistake. Easily done. More

Posted by mjjmongoose at 12:23 on 01 December 2011 | Report This Post

Going Younger
Here are a couple outside the box choices for Lara - Carey Mulligan; she can act , she's totally hot, she's British, and once gone through a boot camp i'm sure she'd be able to handle the physical stuff...the same applies to Felicity Jones...both are young enough for an origin story and capable of grounding the film in a Dark Knight kind way as i thought both of Angelina's efforts were going skating close to Batman & Robin territory,. More

Posted by picknmix at 12:59 on 26 November 2011 | Report This Post

Dear Hollywood
I''ve had it with fake accents.....why not cast English people to play English people and if you must cast e.g. Ewan McGregor ( a great actor)....just change the character to a scot, instead of the crappy American accent...its a big wide open world out there, its not impossible for a scot to be a US journalist or something similar...no offence Ewan, I could have easily singled out many others e.g. Liam Neeson, Hugh Lawrie etc etc...I'm Irish, so we've had to suffer Julia Roberts (twice!) Tom Cru More

Posted by Paddy Kieran at 13:59 on 21 November 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Angelina Jolie is the only Lara Croft
Try track four, 'coffin fodder' http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xs1yOhxcgP4 More

Posted by fuzzcaminski at 13:00 on 21 November 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Angelina Jolie is the only Lara Croft
Dear Smakris04. It was a joke. "Cradle Of Filth" are an English extreme metal band, formed in Suffolk in 1991. The band's musical style evolved from black metal to a cleaner and more "produced" amalgam of gothic metal, symphonic black metal, and other extreme metal styles, while their lyrical themes and imagery are heavily influenced by gothic literature, poetry, mythology and horror films. Where-as Cradle Of Life was a deeply, deeply shit film. Lots of love. Me More

Posted by albumental at 12:54 on 21 November 2011 | Report This Post

Angelina Jolie is the only Lara Croft
Dear Williams I don't think it was funny the way you posted filth instead of life. I know that the cradle of life is not the best movie in the world but I dare every objective critic to review the cradle of life and the original tomb raider next to similar movies which were released in the recent years. And if you adjust their boxoffice you will realize that both movies rocked the charts even next to Angelina's Salt with a smaller budjet. the 131 million of 2001 with todays ticket prices is 182 More

Posted by smakris04 at 12:06 on 21 November 2011 | Report This Post

Karima Adebibe - the previous Lara Croft model
Cast Karima Adebibe. Now!!! More

Posted by potemkin1925 at 11:50 on 21 November 2011 | Report This Post

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