Producer talks Tomb Raider reboot
The producer Graham King has been talking about the reboot of the Tomb Raider film franchise, as well as the connection with the reboot of the videogame franchise. While he's quick to point out that the previous films weren't terrible, he is clearly saying that they need something different, something new, and that appears to be a reboot.
However I'm not sure what a reboot would bring to the character of Lara Croft, what was there before Lara Croft and what is there for her to become?
Thinking about Tomb Raider and what an origin story would be I'm not really sure if a reboot will produce a film any different from the previous ones.
Lara Croft is a rich aristocrat that goes on adventures finding treasure, a genesis story is her going on her first adventure finding treasure, and perhaps she won't do everything as adventurous and as confidently as she does in the other games and films, but it's still the same story just with a younger model.
You see there's nothing for the character of Croft to grow into, and even if the story from Coming Soon through Latino Review wants to compare this reboot with others like Bond, it doesn't work. Bond has plenty about his character to grow into, from the quips to the style, to the gadgets, to the way he treats ladies, and his status as the top secret agent for MI5. Lara Croft has, well, guns strapped to the side of her hips, tight tops, and a jumping ability.
A reboot means a new, younger actress.
"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."
You're right, there's the butler and the technical support geek, plus there's the father character, so there are some more interesting things around her that could be developed, as well as the love interests that we've seen through Gerard Butler and Daniel Craig.
Okay, so there maybe is a bit more to develop than I gave the story credit for, but will it be a film worth going to see?
I still like the original films actually, and I loved Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft. Will you find room in your viewing pleasure for a new Lara?
I ran a poll for who should be the next Tomb Raider a little while ago and the results were interesting, here they are:
21% - Angelina Jolie
15% - Rhona Mitra
13% - Olivia Wilde
10% - Gemma Arterton
9% - Other, including: Cheyenne King; Milla Jovovich; Cote de Pablo; Kate Beckinsale; Mia Wasikowska, and Mia Kunis
5% - Anne Hathaway and Evangeline Lilly
4% - Emily Blunt, Moon Bloodgood and Summer Glau
3% - Yvonne Strahovski and Sienna Miller
2% - Jennifer Lawrence
1% - Saoirse Ronan and Evan Rachel Wood
Interestingly most would still want Jolie back, or Rhona Mitra who was originally the model that promoted the videogame character. Who would you have chosen?