When a friend (hi, Alberto!) sent me this link, I thought “Man, you know it’s a slow news day when THR is recycling stories. This is old.”
But it’s not old, it’s just tweaked.
According to Heat Vision, Tomb Raider is getting a reboot. Only this time, it’s not Warner Bros and Dan Lin rebooting the series,as it was in 2009. Now the task falls to GK Films, who has obtained the rights to the series.
GK is currently looking for writers to pen “an origin story” that will “create new adventures for the young and dynamic Lara Croft.”
I imagine this means they will be rebooting her to be a lithe 16-21 year old (just like Eidos’ new Tomb Raider game), instead of the 30 year old hag she was originally.
The only difference with this reboot is they’ve set themselves a 2013 release date. Deadlines do produce results, so perhaps this time it will get off the ground.
But I’m not holding my breath. I won’t deny that I always wanted a good Tomb Raider movie, but the time is rapidly passing for it to be recognizable or relevant. Actually, I’m being generous, as I think it already has. In a fit of self-loathing, I dug out Tomb Raider: Anniversary last week and played it. I had a miserable time. It’s the kind of game that never understood the limitations of its player, and what poor Lara could and couldn’t do within her pixels. I feel the same is probably true in trying to adapt her to a movie — though deep down, I still want someone to try and make her come to life again. If you’re going to have an Indy knockoff, you might as well have one who is prettier than Nicolas Cage, and does it all in shorts.