Tomb Raider reboot in the works

Another day another reboot. Deadline New York has confirmed Tomb Raider is set to return to the big screen in 2013 through GK films.

The action-adventure franchise began life as a video game in 1996 and transitioned to film with Lara Croft: Tomb Raider in 2001 as a star vehicle for Angelina Jolie.

The reboot will be produced by Graham King and Tim Headington, with King confirming, “We are very excited to be rebooting what is already a hugely successful film franchise and continuing the Tomb Raider phenomenon.”

The original Tomb Raider games have sold over 35 million copies and the heroine Lara Croft is said to be as recognisable, at least in the gaming community, as our favourite Italian brothers Mario and Luigi.

The success of the first two films, which took US$423 million collectively at the box office, means a reboot is actually a great idea … if it makes it to cinemas and doesn’t go straight to DVD that is! Jolie was 26 when she first portrayed Lara Croft and perfectly embodied the character many had played in the video games. There is the opportunity now however to completely reinvent the character and even play to a younger audience.

No news on possible casting choices or production dates but let’s hope they get a decent script together before calling Megan Fox’s agent … Oh please, anything but that!

Discuss: Start casting!

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