Tomb Raider reboot
Well Hollywood are rebooting and remaking everything else, why the hell not? One of the best video game adaptations out there is clearly Tomb Raider, and has been for a long time, and yet it looks like it wasn't good enough for Hollywood who are heading off on the remake path.
The producers aren't hiding the fact that they are going to reboot the franchise and are clearly stating it from the start, but the announcement carries an interesting comment about Lara Croft which looks like we're going the same way as the Spider-Man reboot.
Producer Graham King said of the film:
"We are very excited to be rebooting what is already a hugely successful film franchise and continuing the TOMB RAIDER phenomenon"
Well I'd like to see it go forward, although I would have liked to have seen Angelina Jolie return to the role, after all she does play and look the part really well. However here's where the interesting part of the announcement that comes through Deadline comes in:
...the films will create daring new adventures for the young and dynamic Lara Croft...
Well the latest game for Lara Croft is going to be taking us to the origins of the character and her story, so why not the film? What that does allow the studio to do is recast; after all she'll look younger so why not change the actress so they don't have to pay so much for the star of Angelina Jolie.
However much they save on cash by doing that, there is a problem, Jolie was good in the role and she drew people in. The first film, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, in 2001 was good, and the sequel, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, wasn't so bad either, each starred a strong cast with Daniel Craig and Gerard Butler alongside the gorgeous Jolie and a fantastic choice of casting for Chris Barrie and Noah Taylor as her behind the scenes team. Actually there was a much bigger cast in the second film, or some names that have become much bigger since.
Well cast and well made, this wasn't a film that was so concerned about the videogame adaptation but was more concerned in making a great action adventure film and just making sure they had the stories and character right. It worked, and it worked well, especially with the big casting.
What will the reboot do? Well give us a younger model, more of the same for perhaps cheaper, and the excellent job that Simon West did on the original might well be safe just where it is.