In a move that may not be the biggest of surprises, the Tomb Raider film franchise will be the next to receive the reboot treatment. According to Variety, MGM studio has acquired the film rights to adapt a new rendition with the alluring archeologist, Lara Croft, who was last portrayed on the big screen by Angelina Jolie in two films in 2001 and 2003 that collectively grossed $432 million worldwide.
Gary Barber, head of the recently-resurgent MGM studio who are still counting the money from recent James Bond mega-hit, Skyfall and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, made the Croftastic announcement and also revealed that producer, Graham King would be bringing his production company, GK Films on board to develop the project.
According to Barber:
“Graham is one of the premier producers in this industry and I am delighted to be working with him on this exciting franchise. We look forward to developing more projects together in the future.”
With the once-stale Tomb Raider video game series getting a much-needed makeover with a younger, survivalist-centric version of Lara in the recent reboot game, it seemed inevitable that Hollywood would come back and strike while the brown-eyed beauty's iron was once again hot. As surreal as it may seem, we are one whole decade removed from the 2003 sequel, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, the second and last film in which Angelina Jolie donned that tank-top and those oh-so-tight short-shorts to play the character. Certainly, there have been reboot efforts that hit with much closer proximity to their predecessors. **cough**The Amazing Spider-Man***cough**
At the moment, no timetables were revealed for the film's release. However, given that the first entry in the relaunched video game franchise has only just hit, one might conclude that a heralded new film may seek the benefit of the still-new video game's sequel as the proper tent-pole for its arrival. So, it may be a few years before this hits theaters.