TOMB RAIDER movie reboot to feature young Lara Croft

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Boy, Ye Olde Reboot Machine sure does work fast. The new Tomb Raider game just released yesterday (see what our sister site Lazygamer thought of it over here), and already, before you can even change from a D-cup to a training bra, we have some news regarding a new rebooted movie adaptation of the fan favourite treasure hunter that looks to tie the movie and videogame franchises together.

For the non-gamers reading this – which should be just about all of you since the gamers all probably contracted a mysterious illness yesterday that required them to hole up on the couch in front of their consoles all day today (I’ve contracted this same enigmatic virus once or twice, truth be told) – the new Tomb Raider games takes the character back to her roots and beyond, as it depicts Lara Croft’s very first harrowing adventure after she’s shipwrecked on a bandit run island that eventually transforms her from a scared and timid teenage girl into the ass-kicking, dual pistol wielding, showering with a shotgun heroine we eventually got to know and love.

And according to Daryl Gallagher, head of development studio Crystal Dynamics (via Variety), they’re already working closely with GK Films on a newly proposed feature film which mirrors just this on the big screen.

“They are working from this new take that we’ve given them,. It’s a good partnership. We’re seeing the challenges through the same lens.”

“It was important for both of us to have a cohesive version of the franchise. We didn’t want to see a film version that was a continuation of the old ‘Tomb Raider’ films.”

Way back, before the new videogame, there was already talk of rebooting the movie franchise which had seen Angelina Jolie don the camo shorts and posh English accent in two films that – despite Jolie’s excellent portrayals of the character – were both rather pedestrian overall, truth be told. Though no concrete details about a movie reboot ever surfaced, there were many a rumour bandying about such names as Megan Fox and Mila Kunis as candidates to inherit the ponytail. And you can be damn sure that those rumours will now just pick up right where they left off.

So who do you guys think will make a good young Lara Croft? Spoiler: the one with the toe-thumb is the wrong answer.

Last Updated: March 6, 2013

Kervyn Cloete

A man of many passions - but very little sleep - I've been geeking out over movies, video games, comics, books, anime, TV series and lemon meringues as far back as I can remember. So show up for the geeky insight, stay for the delicious pastries.

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