Now that the "Tomb Raider" video game franchise has been rebooted to wild success (the recent effort sold more than a million copies within 48 hours of its release), it's time for Hollywood to do the same for the film franchise.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, MGM will partner up with GK Films to develop a new entry in the action-adventure franchise. GK founder Gary King will serve as the film's producer, and development is set to "begin immediately."
It hasn't been revealed if the film will follow in the footsteps of the video game and serve as a reboot, but that seems like a logical inference. After all, Variety has reported that GK Films has been working hand-in-hand with game developer Crystal Dynamics to reshape the franchise.
Crystal Dynamics CEO Darrel Gallagher calls it a "good partnership" since both sides are "seeing the challenges through the same lens." He went on to note that it's important that both the film and game developers have a "cohesive version of the franchise," especially since Crystal Dynamics "didn't want to see a film version that was a continuation of the old 'Tomb Raider' films."
As such, it sounds like the first order of business will be securing a new Lara Croft. Angelina Jolie played the globe-hopping archaeologist in "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider" and its sequel, "Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Cradle of Life," but a reboot will wipe that slate clean.
"Tomb Raider" has been a prominent video game franchise since its debut in 1996, when its heroine captured the attention (and eyeballs) of gamers everywhere. Ever since, Lara Croft has been iconic in the gaming world, but the leap to the big screen wasn't quite as successful or sustained.
While the first film was a sizable worldwide hit, the sequel was less impressive, and attempts to continue the franchise have been unsuccessful. Perhaps some of the video game's success will rub off on its film counterpart; while game-to-movie adaptations have rarely (if ever) been great, a well done "Tomb Raider" film could be a lot of fun.
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