Tomb Raider film director Roar Uthaug discusses the Tomb Raider game reboot, and how he intends to incorporate Lara Croft’s character development into the movie.
Although GK Films has been sitting on the rights to produce a new film based off the Tomb Raider series for years, not much has been revealed about the proposed title. A new interview with the movie’s director, however, has shed a little light on the direction the film will go in.
Speaking in an interview with IGN, Director Roar Uthaug spoke about his plans for the new Tomb Raider film, as well as his feelings on the recent reboot to the game series. According to Uthaug, he enjoys the new depiction of Lara Croft in the Crystal Dynamics reboot, and wants to bring a similar level of character development to the film:
“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.”
Uthaug hasn’t specifically said that the film will be explicitly based off of the reboot game series, but it sounds like it will at least be heavily influenced by it. Uthaug has a big job on his hands, given that many consider the original Tomb Raider film to be one of the best video game movies. In addition, the award-winning Rise of the Tomb Raider has been praised for its excellent writing, so hopefully Uthaug and writer Geneva Robertson-Dworet can come up with a script that’s on-par with the game’s story.
Even with these comments from the film’s director, chances are many gamers aren’t holding their breath to see if the new film is good. Video game movies are often disappointments, and considering the extreme popularity of the Tomb Raider reboot, there are a lot of expectations that need to be met for gamers to consider it a successful game-to-film conversion. However, Uthaug noted in his interview that he’s a fan of the Tomb Raider series going all the way back to the first game; being well-acquainted with Tomb Raider and the character of Lara Croft should give him an advantage over some other directors.
Tomb Raider has come a long way since the series’ inception, and it’s fitting for the next entry to the film franchise to also evolve with the times. While the original Tomb Raider movies did a good job of taking what made the traditional Tomb Raider games awesome and converting them into film format, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the next movie be much more survivalistic and character-driven than the Angelina Jolie flicks.