The massively successful (and fun) Tomb Raider video game franchise recently went through a bit of an overhaul back in 2013, and continued that path with the release of Rise of the Tomb Raider on Xbox One. The latest video game is an achievement in both game play and visual effects and truly reminded players why they loved the franchise in the first place. As announced back in 2009, Warner Brothers is hoping to capture imaginations on screen as well, as they present the world with a new Tomb Raider film. Now, fans of Lara Croft have a date to mark on their calendars to witness her return to the big screen.
The Wrap is reporting that the slot previously planned for WB’s release of The Flash has now been passed onto Tomb Raider, which means that audiences will get to see Alicia Vikander’s first outing as Croft on March 16, 2018.
While plenty about the film has changed a bit since the announcement that it was in development, one thing that does seem to remain the same is the plan to tell the story of Lara’s first adventure as an archaeologist. Really, though, the big question is whether or not the Oscar winning Vikander will be able to fill the shoes once worn by Angelina Jolie. Some could consider the first Tomb Raider film to be one of the best video game adaptations adapted to date, so they won’t be the easiest shoes to walk in.
Other than the barest of details, not much is known about the film but producer Graham King has made statements in the past that would lead audiences to believe the film will be taking a rather different direction than the two that came before:
“Listen, the box office, they weren’t disasters but I find it interesting that the story that we’re telling is really the story before she became Lara Croft, so it is a character piece. It does have a lot of really great characters, but it’s a lot of action and a lot of fun, and for me, it’s something very different. I’ve not really done a movie like that before, but I really gravitated to rebooting this franchise and we’re going to give it a shot.”
In addition to that, Tomb Raider director Roar Uthaug has previously supported this information, which is good news for those that really want to get to know a bit about the character.
“I think making Lara Croft feel like a real human being, that’s definitely something we want to bring to the big screen as well. I think we’ll want to make people relate to Lara as a character. I’m hoping to bring some of my Norwegian sensibilities to the franchise.”
One major complaint about most genre flicks these days is that it has become almost customary to choose flash over substance, and a the blockbuster faux pas of lacking any major character development throughout a film has become an expected outcome of any of the movies that still rake in hundreds of millions every summer. The fact that Tomb Raider may be going in a more character driven direction is good news, should they decide to stay the course and can navigate the waters successfully.
Are you ready for a new Tomb Raider?
Source: The Wrap