The two Tomb Raider movies starring Angelina Jolie were, in my opinion, pretty bad, and judging by the way most people comment any time it’s announced a movie adaptation of a popular game is announced, no one else liked them much either. And, interestingly enough, they didn’t really make all that much money. The first one grossed only $274.7 million worldwide back in 2001 on a $115 million budget, while the sequel only managed $156.5 two years later on a $95 million budget. So, why have we been hearing about a possible Tomb Raider reboot for about six years now? Well, the reason it isn’t going away is because the most recent “Tomb Raider” videogame release sold around 7.5 million copies and a new game is on the way. Sounds like good timing to get a new movie in the works.
Paramount distributed the first two Tomb Raider movies, but now Deadline reports it will be Warner Bros. along with MGM stepping up to take on distribution and they’ve hired Evan Daugherty (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Divergent, Snow White And The Huntsman and G.I. Joe 3) to pen the script and just by looking at his scripting track record it seems we can already forget about this one.
Deadline reports the project is on the fast track to production as there is strong “production language” in the rights contract with game developer Square Enix.
The reboot will reportedly center on a young Lara Croft going on her first adventure. Combine this with the possibility of Uncharted and it would seem the adventure movie is alive and well.