Don’t call it a comeback: ‘Lara Croft’ to return to the big screen

01.29.09 9 years ago

Paramount Pictures

First “Twilight” and now “Tomb Raider”?  According to the Hollywood Reporter, Paramount Pictures let the rights to the popular Eidos video game franchise lapse and now Warner Bros. and producer Dan Lin have come on board to reboot the Lara Croft movie series only six years since the second cinematic installment.

The report insinuates that Angelina Jolie, who starred in 2000’s “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” and 2003’s “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life,” is not expected to appear in the new franchise. Instead, a new actress will likely come on board after a writer and director are attached.  As HitFix’s Drew McWeeny reported earlier this week, Megan Fox has been rumored as a possible candidate. 

Additionally, Lin and company are expected to retool Ms. Croft and her mission.  The new film will bear little resemblance to the original films with a new love interest and villain (not difficult considering both died in each films).

Intriguing note, at the time, little known Daniel Craig and Gerard Butler played her love interests in both pictures that were directed by Simon West and Jan de Bont.  It will be interesting to see if Lin can recruit a more creative talent to helm for the reboot. The picture is actually an open-writing assignment with no screenwriters on board at this time.  So, clearly, a new “Tomb Raider” film is a few years away.

Larry Gordon and Lloyd Levin, the duo behind the “Hellboy” franchise and “Watchmen,” produced the initial “Tomb Raider” films.  The first picture grossed $275 million worldwide, the second a disappointing $157 million.

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