The Tomb Raider films were known for three things: over-the-top action, nonsensical stories, and Angelina Jolie. However, the new film will be following the trends of its video game counterpart: most noticeably, there will be no Angelina.
The latest video game entry in the Tomb Raider franchise offers a more mature take on the tired and true treasure hunting series, as evidenced by the “Shipwreck” trailer. Gone is the busty Lara Croft of old in a favor of a more realistic protagonist, as the new game focuses on Lara’s more human side rather than her ability to survive everything the world throws at her. To avoid any discrepancy, the new Tomb Raider movies will be following suit, as they — like the new game — will tell of Croft’s origin story.
Graham King, the movie’s producer, has called the latest film a “character piece.” Don’t worry Tomb Raider fans, the action scenes will still come full force, but the movie’s story will mirror the games by focusing more on the character of Lara Croft.
“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.”
The more the Tomb Raider reboot is talked about, the more interesting it sounds. As someone who could never enjoy Tomb Raider due to the dull stories and unrealistically proportioned Lara Croft (the PS1/PS2 era graphics just made her look creepy), I agree that a reboot was necessary. I’m surprised to find that this new game — and movie, by extension — are right up my alley. The more mature tone is sure to reel in others who found Tomb Raider too over-the-top, and with the movies taking a more mature approach as well, perhaps we could finally see a video game movie that isn’t terrible.
Tomb Raider will release Fall 2012 for the PS3, Xbox 360 and PC.
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