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Tomb Raider movie franchise getting rebooted

Posted by Patrick Sauriol on Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Producers Graham King and Tim Headington have bought the screen rights to Tomb Raider, the best-selling Eidos video game that made Lara Croft the first game heroine superstar. GK Films, King's production entity, will develop the property with an eye toward relaunching the movie series in 2013.

After playing the character through two Tomb Raider films, it's unlikely Angelina Jolie will be back to reprise Lara for a third time. Jolie wasn't mentioned as being involved by King and Headington, nor does there seem to be any reason to ask her back to fill Lara's spandex tights; the producers are viewing the 2012 Tomb Raider as a reboot of the concept and will likely make it an origin story showing Lara's childhood which fostered her desire to become a globe-spanning archeologist.

"We are very excited to be rebooting what is already a hugely successful film franchise and continuing the Tomb Raider phenomenon," said King in a company issued press release.

To date 10 Tomb Raider video games have been developed and released, with an eleventh currently in production. 35 million copies have sold in the gaming franchise's history.

In January 2009 it was announced that Sherlock Holmes producer Dan Lin was developing a new Tomb Raider movie for Warner Bros. Nothing seems to have materialized from that attempt.

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Posted: 8 years 40 weeks ago

"Rebooting" doesn't seem to fit in the same sentence with "hugely successful film franchise".

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Posted: 8 years 39 weeks ago

these days "reboot" actually means the former hugely successful film franchise has gone cold and nobody really remembers it or cares if they actually tried to do a direct sequel... AND/or Angelina Jolie refuses to come on board again (nobody really cares) so they'll have to recast (AKA: it's easier to just reboot the damn thing) which is probably the case.

in any case, i hope they get Rimmer from Red Dwarf back for the third one... he needs work... on second though... just make Red Dwarf the movie.