Following the successful reboot of the James Bond and Batman franchise, it looks like Warner Brothers will reboot the Tomb Raider franchise as well.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, now that the movie rights to Tomb Raider has reverted back to Eidos from Paramount, Time Warner plans to reboot the franchise as part of the 20% stake in Eidos (buying an additional 10 million shares in Eidos last December, bringing its total stake in the troubled publisher up to 52.5 million).
The new project, however, is expected to revamp the character and her mission and bear little resemblance to the original pictures. It will reimagine the origins of the character, her love interest and the main villain.
As an open-writing assignment, the project is still in its nascent stages. An actress who could play the role Angelina Jolie made famous would likely come on after a writer and director are attached.
Yes, because the first two movies are so dated now in their approach. I mean, it’s been five years! A mega-franchise like the Tomb Raider movies was way overdue for a reimagining! People are demanding it!
I think “dated” and thinking about it in terms of time or the movies aging poorly is incorrect. This is more a reimagining like they did with the Hulk movies (also a 5 year gap), where it’s more a perception that the property needed a different approach or tone, that fundamental mistakes in structure or narrative or casting were made from the beginning.