Oi! Today is remake discussion day. Earlier we gave a back-handed compliment to the Evil Dead reboot. It’s a cult classic that’s not to be messed with, but the new vision, characters and creatives involved are encouraging. Now we exchange views on the upcoming Tomb Raider remake/reboot.
While the two Tomb Raider films were box offices successes, they were chalked up by video game fans as piss-poor adaptations. Between the two films it’s 3+ hours of guns, explosions and Angelina Jolie‘s boobs bouncin’ around. I can’t say the video games offer anything much different, but any film with a butt-kicking babe needs to have some depth. I think the most successful babes of bad-assery are the ones that don’t start out as bad-asses. They go through something traumatic. The ordeal triggers the flight-or-flight response and they are ultimately transformed by it. Sarah Connor in Terminator. Ripley in Alien. These are two notable cases where the character started off as a typical, helpless, damsel in distress. It was only by way of some really fucked up shit where they able to become something more. I think Tomb Raider needs to tap into this kind of character awakening physiology. You can have the boobs, guns and explosions, but throw a little inspiration and empowerment in there.
Thanks to Collider, we have some new details on the status of the planned Tomb Raider reboot. After two fairly successful movies, the studio are now planning on exploring the early years of the iconic video game character…exactly what an upcoming video game from Square Enix will do. Here’s what producer Graham King told the site. .
On When Production May Start And The New Direction Of The Franchise:
I think hopefully next year. We just got the script in on Tomb Raider and it’s really good. It’s something that, for me anyway, is different, you know rebooting a franchise that I didn’t produce to begin with. But there’s something about her character and going back to her roots, and that’s what we’re doing with this. You’re actually gonna meet her before she has all her powers as Lara Croft. It’s more of a character study, but it’s a really fun, fun adventure story.
On The Chances Of Seeing Angelina Jolie Cameo In Some Way:
I don’t know, you know we’ve spoken about Tomb Raider and we’ll have to see. I mean she’s so wonderful, she just directed this movie for me, In the Land of Blood and Honey, which I think we’re about five weeks from releasing and I can’t wait for people to see that movie. She did an amazing job as a director, absolutely amazing. Maybe I’ll ask her to direct it (laughs). We did a screening of the movie in L.A., like a preview, and I didn’t tell anyone who directed it, then afterwards I asked the focus group who they think directed it, and they said Roman Polanski or Clint Eastwood, which is “wow.” But she’s that good, and the film is that good.
While I don’t care for origin stories, I like the idea of starting over with Laura as a teenager to explain how she becomes a Tomb Raider. I just hope they make it empowering and that they keep it simple. Don’t overuse CG. Don’t go overboard with over-the-top action. Don’t have her punch a fucking shark.