This year Ratchet & Clank, Angry Birds and Warcraft all made their transition to the big screen, each with varying degrees of success. Come 2018, Lara Croft will get her third run at the box office, with Oscar winning actor Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina, The Danish Girl) stepping in for Angelina Jolie.
While Jolie's aughts-era offerings failed to do much more than entrench the myth of the video game movie curse, there's still hope for the new #TombRaider movie. For one, a recent interview from HeyGuys suggests that the story will stick much more closely to the source material, taking narrative cues from 2013's excellent video game reboot.
Watch Lara Croft die over and over again in our horrific supercut:
Yes, this is another origin story
Producer Graham King answered a few questions regarding the upcoming Tomb Raider movie, confirming that it will feature a young, inexperienced Croft at the beginning of her treasure hunting career.
Asked how the film would differ from the Angelina Jolie movies that have come before King responded:
Well this is kind of what we call a ‘back to the roots story’. This is a young Lara Croft in search to see if her father is dead or alive, so it has a very emotional part to it and I think that’s what Alicia found so interesting about it. I think the storytelling is really good and I think we’ve got the right crew and a great director and I think it’s going to be really fun making a film like this.
King recognizes the downfalls of the franchise's previous cinematic efforts, stressing that this time they're more interested in exploring Croft's character and her relationship with her father.
Listen, the box office [for the Tomb Raider movies], 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.
Interestingly, the video game series went through a similar re-invention with 2013's Tomb Raider. This terrific return to franchise form followed Lara at the start of her journey to becoming a veteran crypt-pilferer. The game dropped Lara on a turbulent island where she encountered a strange cult connected to an ancient secret.
IMDB summarises the upcoming movie's plot thusly:
Following the origins of a young Lara Croft on her first archaeological expedition she must use her strength and harness her skills in order to survive a crazed Island cult and unlock mythological secrets surrounding her mysterious whereabouts.
Huh. Sounds familiar.
How will the movie tie in to the games?
Well, it's anyone's guess right now, but these early signs suggest we may be getting a much more faithful adaptation than previous entires. And not a Cradle of Life in sight, thankfully.
The script's writer, Geneva Robertson-Dworet, doesn't have any feature length credits, but is confirmed to help pen the upcoming Dungeons & Dragons as well as Sherlock Holmes 3. Remaining cautiously optimistic seems the safe bet for now.
Tomb Raider opens in theaters on March 16th, 2018.
Is Alicia Vikander the right choice to play Lara Croft? Who would you have cast?