40 may be the new 20–or whatever, but apparently not if you’re the most popular heroine in video game history. For now that a Tomb Raider reboot featuring a fresh, young Lara Croft is in the stores, Variety reports that the newest installment in the game’s film franchise, previously starring Angelina Jolie (Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle Of Life), will be following suit–assuming it ever gets off the ground: The third cinematic outing of the buxom adventurer/archaeologist has spent the last few years in Development Purgatory.
The last anyone heard concerning the project was back in 2011, when it was reported that Iron Man writers Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby would be penning the screenplay. There’s not been a peep since, and Variety has not mentioned if they are still attached to the film.
This new iteration is being developed by Crystal Dynamics and GK Films. Crystal Dynamics head honcho Darrell Gallagher spoke of their new vision for the franchise and partnership with GK:
“They are working from this new take that we’ve given them. It’s a good partnership. We’re seeing the challenges through the same lens.”
“It was important for both of us to have a cohesive version of the franchise. We didn’t want to see a film version that was a continuation of the old Tomb Raider films.”
Granted, restarting the series with a 21 year old Lara Croft is not the stupidest idea to pop up over the several years a third Tomb Raider film has been in development, but 86ing the only star power this frankly weak franchise ever had (the only things I enjoyed about these films were Lara’s wetsuit and Chris Barrie) and starting from scratch strikes me as risky….if not a foolish and rather transparent attempt to cash in on the popularity of origin stories like Batman Begins, Casino Royale, or X-Men: First Class.
Show me a star and a director, and maybe my tune will change.