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Tomb Raider reboot
Alicia Vikander is Lara Croft in the Tomb Raider reboot!
Despite previous reports pointing toward Star Wars: The Force Awakens‘ Daisy Ridley as a potential candidate, The Hollywood Reporter brings word that Academy Award winner Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl) has signed on to play Lara Croft in the upcoming Tomb Raider reboot.
Norwegian filmmaker Roar Uthaug (The Wave) will direct the film which has a script by Transformers 5 scribe Geneva Robertson-Dworet. Warner Bros. is set to distribute the film with MGM. They will produce the feature with GK Films.
The original Tomb Raider game was published in 1996 by the London-based video game company Eidos and became one of the most successful video games of the time. A reboot of the series, telling the origin of Lara Croft, was released in 2013 and sold over 5 million copies. The most recent game, titled Rise of the Tomb Raider, is available now for the Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC.
Paramount Pictures previously made two movies about the daredevil archaeologist on a series of global missions. The films, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, starred Angelina Jolie and grossed a combined $432 million at the worldwide box office.
but I've gone ahead and renamed the thread, so it'll clearly be the general thread for this reboot.
Is another rename in order?
Both Variety and The Hollywood Reporter are indicating that the reboot/remake/whatever has an official release date! The Alicia Vikander-led flick is set to debut stateside on March 18th, 2018.
If they insist on following the direction plotted by the new series then I sincerely hope they spend a *lot* of time working on the script and the story, because both are equally terrible in the 2013 game. So far only the Assassin's Creed flick looks like it'll be able to stand on its own two feet.
Apparently the date for Tomb Raider is same day as the Flash comes out? Doesn't Warner own both of them? If so, one has to move.
I'm a.) not certain that The Flash is still officially pegged to that day following directorial musical chairs & b.) that there's a lot of crossover audience between the properties. I'd put money on Tomb Raider being the more important picture as well. Ms. Croft will be Warner Bros' counter punch to Raiders of the Blue Pill in their war of attrition with The Walt Disney Company.
The Flash will be the WB-DC's Ant-Man. I'd be almost willing to put money on that outcome. Going forward though, Tomb Raider has more of a future. Time will tell, of course, but I will be interested in seeing the direction the studio plots out this time around. I have great affection for the Angelina Jolie-led films and I quite enjoyed the new direction in the video game series despite the poor writing and story. If they can tighten those last two aspects up, then the film will eventually be a winner.
I'm not sure why they feel the need to turn some of these games into movies. Playing through Uncharted and Tomb Raider is already like playing through an interactive movie. I wish they'd create something new instead of going down this route again.
And now we have our first glimpse of the second Academy Award winner to take up the role. If it wasn't obvious beforehand, the studio is obviously following the current incarnation of Lara Croft (from the '13 reboot).
Production has nailed the look overall and Vikander looks good in these stills, but the lack of a set has me concerned. I hope they aren't going to layer a few physical props over an obviously CG background. That would be terrible.
Drop by The Escapist for the complete Behind the Scenes look.
Looks like yet another movie that hasn't grasped the fundamental reason as to why most movies based on video games are failures.
In a nutshell, most video games really have garbage plots and settings. And let's be frank, the standards for video game acting are also far lower than what we expect from movies. But if the actual gameplay and setpieces around the gameplay are good, it can still be a good game.
So yeah. When you strip out the gameplay and leave only the non-interactive bits... guess what you have left? A movie with a garbage plot and mediocre acting.
I might rent it when it comes to video but overall I'm not that impressed. Much like Uncharted, the games are the perfect blend of a video game and film, so cutting the gameplay out just makes it feel like another generic action movie.