Tomb Raider

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If Lara Croft were an actual person, she would have quite an impressive resume.  She has been reincarnated in video games, two feature films, comic books, novels, theme park rides, and a currently in development film reboot that is currently seeking a director.  And she’s not done yet.  Rise of the Tomb Raider, the most recent addition to the Tomb Raider video game franchise, is set to be released this holiday season for Xbox.  Publishers for the endeavor are Microsoft and Square Enix, with Crystal Dynamics as developer.  A new trailer has been released in anticipation, titled “Descent Into Legend”, which features new and never before seen gameplay footage from the third-person, action-adventure addition to the video game saga. (more…)

A Double Dose of Lara Croft Announced at E3


Amongst the goodies at Microsoft’s E3 presentation this morning was the announcement that we’re getting not just one, but two new Tomb Raider games in the near future. Following up on last year’s critically and commercially successful reboot of the franchise, Tomb Raider, developers Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics seem to have their eyes on a true Croftian renaissance. But will they succeed? Let’s roll the videotape on the two new trailers for the games and see. (more…)


The most recent Tomb Raider was a well deserved and well done reboot of the series. After a rocky patch during its promotion, once the game actually released it was met with acclaim from hardcore and casual gamers alike. Not only was it a damn fun adventure game, but it was probably the first time I played a game with a female protagonist that didn’t make such a fuss about her being a female protagonist.

And the only thing that makes me happier than a game that understands you can produce a solid, entertaining, engaging action-adventure game no matter the sex of your lead character, is learning we’re getting a sequel.

The news of a Tomb Raider sequel was sort of already leaked when comic book writer, Gail Simone spoke about the details of her upcoming Tomb Raider comic, saying it would bridge the events of the first game and its sequel. Today though, Square Enix CEO for the Americas and Europe, Phil Rogers  confirmed there’s a sequel in works, announcing the game is, “well into development.” Former head of Crystal Dynamics, the studio responsible for the successful reboot, Darrell Gallagher, who’s also now head of product development and studios at Square Enix, added,

It’s still early days, so I’m afraid I can’t provide any further details for now save my assurance that we’re not resting on our laurels and acclaim from Tomb Raider’s recent successes, but working hard to raise the bar even higher and re-affirm the faith you’ve shown.

All I can ask for is a game crafted with the same attention for great game play and thrilling adventure. Give me that and I’ll be as happy as when I’m playing Lara Croft laying waste to weirdo cultists with a grenade launcher.

Sigh. Though I guess this means I’ll need to buy one of those damn, new-fangled, next generations consoles. Double sigh.

Source: Joystig via The Mary Sue


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In keeping with the now well-established tradition of rebooting everything within ten years of last production, Tomb Raider will be the next to jump on this gravy train.  First, the video game series got a make-over and now, naturally, the movie series needs its own new attempt at greatness.  And it looks like they just picked up a writer in the form of Buffy alumni, Marti Noxon.

If you don’t know Noxon, she worked as both a writer and showrunner on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, back in the day.  She also happens to have her hands in the production and scriptwriting of all sorts of stuff, from Mad Men to Glee.  So maybe this means that Tomb Raider v2.0 has a better chance at not sucking?

Unfortunately, no other details are current available about the new attempt at the franchise.  So I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what Noxon can bring to the table.


Thanks to /film for the heads-up.

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The Tomb Raider franchise has been out of the movie business for near ten years now, which is about the aging time it takes before Hollywood looks at a property and tries to recycle it for lack of new ideas.  With the recent release of a popular new title in the Tomb Raider video game series, it looks like this reboot may finally be coming to fruition.

GK Films, the company that grabbed the film rights up in 2011, will be joining forces with MGM to create a new Tomb Raider for a new generation.  And the old generation too, of course, since we’re still around and haven’t really aged that much since the last flick.

Sorry folks, but there’s no info on what to expect and certainly no names attached to the project yet.  We can only warn you that it is coming.


Thanks to /film for the warning.


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ABOVE: At first glance, I thought this was a still from the new Tomb Raider game, then I realized it was a Lara Croft cosplay by Réka Lukoviczki. I’m blown away at how stunning this is. Really, whoa! [GAS]



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Above: Years before young Lara Croft was the world traveler she was just someone looking for an adventure. While gamers around the world are experiencing this through the new Tomb Raider reboot, Eve Ventrue put together a moment of eerie calm for the soon famous treasure hunter. [XombieDIRGE]

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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.”

He continued,

“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.

Source: Cinemablend