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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.

Source: Collider


Did you hear the rumor about superstar hottie Olivia Wilde becoming the next Lara Croft, which ran amok over the weekend?

Olivia, whose recent nerd-cred has sprouted thanks to Tron: Legacy, Cowboys and Aliens, and most recently in the Andrew Niccol directed In Time was “confirmed” to be involved in the reboot by Brazilian site Cinepop. Well, you can chalk this up to Hollywood hootenanny, because Olivia answered the nagging question through everyone’s favorite 140 character news space, her Twitter account:

Now, don’t get us wrong or anything, a new Tomb Raider movie is going to happen soon — producer Graham King of GK Films won the rights to the film and is looking towards a release date sometime in 2013. Angelina Jolie, the original Lara Croft, has passed on throwing on another tight one-piece suit, so the leading lady role is still up for grabs.

While it kills my boner, I’m so glad this got debunked. She would have been horrible as ‘Lara Croft’.

Via: The Mary Sue

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Not like that. Well, actually, that’s probably exactly the kind excitement Graham King is hoping to stir up. If I remember correctly it’s not her tomb raiding skills which give Lara Croft her international video game fame. King’s company, GK Films (The Tourist) is planning a reboot of the Tomb Raider film franchise in 2013. Their press release states, “the films will create daring new adventures for the young and dynamic Lara Croft.”

Young? Methinks we won’t be seeing Angelina Jolie suit up in the iconic tank top and short shorts again. Not that I’m calling Jolie an old hag, but let’s be honest, she has surpassed playing Lara Croft and at this point in her career a role in a video game adaptation is below her. /Film is predicting we’ll be seeing a younger, cheaper actress in the role and I’m sure they’re right. To make a successful Tomb Raider film you need one part action and one part hot chick. Bonus if your hot chick can act (see Angelina Jolie) and if you’re action is exciting, not laughable.

The new films, yes films, will be prequels for Croft and I wouldn’t be surprised if there was a timely release of a prequel video game. No director or writer has been attached to this product so very little is known as to what direction the film will take. Keep tuning in for more news and in the meantime revisit the caves and ruins with the sexy archeologist, she’ll never leave you.

Who would you like to play Laura Croft in the reboot:
  • Summer Glau?
  • Emma Watson?
  • Mila Kunis?
  • Scarlett Johansson?
  • Olivia Wilde?

source: /Film