Tomb Raider film will be rebooted

Posted by CB Droege

About two years we learned that Tomb Raider would be rebooted - both as a video game and film franchise.

Now that the video game is complete and in the wild, it’s time to look forward to the film, which will tell a similar tale, at least according to studio execs.

Like the video game, the films depicts the story of a young Lara, perhaps even before the events of the game, and help the audience get to know how she became the adventurer we know and love. Neither are a prequel, though. They take place before the previous incarnations, surely, but they are a reboot in every sense. 

The events of the original games and films will be completely retooled and retold through a more sophisticated, more sensible lens. This is a Lara who is more than just a gratuitously large bust and chiseled face - in fact, both of those are gone in the new design. She is, rather, a complex and dynamic character with a past to explore, and a lifetime of adventures ahead.

There has been no news about casting or crewing the films. Two years ago, there was a rumor that the new Lara would be played by Olivia Wilde, but as much I like Wilde, I don’t think she’d make a good Lara. Not with the way she’s being rewritten. The only actress I can think of off the top of my head who would do the part well is Tracy Spiridakos, but that’s likely because her role on Revolution is very similar to the new Lara. She’s a television actor though, so that’s unlikely.

Jennifer Lawrence would also be good, but she’s got too many action franchises under her belt already. Chloë Grace Moretz might be a good choice, and her calendar might be clear enough, but it depends on what time-frame the filmmakers want to show. Moretz might have trouble pulling off a Lara any older than 18. Fans would be happy if Camilla Luddington was cast, as she does the voice of Lara in the game, but she’s not a big enough name, frankly, so I would be really surprised if her name even comes up for consideration.

Of course, with the game developers keeping their hands in the development of the film, you never know where it could go. That’s new territory for Hollywood.

We’ve gotten news lately that the studio behind the Assassin’s Creed franchise will be working closely with the producers of the films, and now we’ve learned the same is true of Crystal Dynamics and GK Films. The devs on the Tomb Raider game will have some creative influence over the movie.

Likely, Crystal Dynamics, the Square Enix subsidiary which is currently in charge of the Tomb Raider games, will want to take this opportunity to unify the canon between the films and the games.

"They are working from this new take that we've given them," Darrell Gallagher, head of studio at Crystal Dynamics, said of GK Films. "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."

We’ve seen this happening more and more lately, especially in properties where the canon is deep, and meaningful to the audience. I think this is a good change. Gone are the days of the isolated video game story. Fans of the story world can now play the video game, and count on getting a good story out of it, which won’t be canon-countered by something they see in the shows or movies. It might be the end of the ‘bad video game movie’ era.

No production or release dates have been yet announced for the Tomb Raider film reboot.