Is it Time for a Tomb Raider Reboot?

Samm February 22, 2011 3 Comments »

Is Olivia Wilde the next movie Tomb Raider?

Blastr’s “Rumor of the Day” last week gave the suggestion that Olivia Wilde (House, Tron: Legacy, Cowboys & Aliens) is being considered for a role as the new Lara Croft. After all, the last Tomb Raider film, Tomb Raider: Cradle of Life was released in 2003. That’s eight years ago folks. That means it’s time for a reboot, right? I mean, the Hulk didn’t even wait that long to be rebooted.

Back in December, details were leaked about Square Enix’s (Eidos) (the geniuses behind the Tomb Raider game franchise) reboot of the video game for today’s more sophisticated game systems. Wait, so does that mean no more finicky controls and smoother/more advanced game play? You guessed it! The plans for the new game are enough to make any fanboy or girl drool.

According to

“It seems ‘survival’ is the core theme this time with an inexperienced Lara needing to find food and water to stay alive, scavenging for tools and gear to augment her abilities, some of which can be created by combining materials at base camps around the game world.”

Weapons spotted in the new Tomb Raider concept art include a bow, shotgun and pistol. Sweet! The game will also employ motion capture technology (used in games like Uncharted 2) which means when Lara falls it’s going to look like it hurts and those classic death animations the game is known for are about to get a little more realistic. However, motion capture isn’t new to the Croft empire. Way back when the original game was released, the creators motioned captured Rhona Mitra as the daring tomb raider.Though motion capture has matured a lot over the years and we can guarantee this Lara won’t be as pixelated.

That's gotta hurt. Advancements in motion capture are about to make things a lot more realistic.

The new game will also get rid of the classic “lock on” targeting system in favor of  free-aim combat like you see in Uncharted. This can be both a bad and a good thing. It’s bad if you’re really bad at aiming, especially at a moving target, like I am. But it’s really good if you’re a gamer with mad hand-eye coordination. Needless to say, it’s unclear whether or not the new Tomb Raider will come with an “easy” mode so we better start practicing!

The new Tomb Raider game will focus on a young Lara Croft, younger and um *clears throat*…slightly less developed than we’ve seen before. (Sorry boys!) At 21, we’ll follow Lara through an emotional journey as she battles for survival on a mysterious island. Oooooo!

So what does this have to do with a film reboot? Easy. If you’re rebooting the game why not reboot the film? You give the franchise a double whammy boost that way.

According to FanCarpet:

A source close to the project said “This would be a far darker and more serious Tomb Raider movie, the idea is to get a top director and an intelligent script and make this an empowering character for women as well as a popular one with men. Olivia is just one of the names being suggested for the lead role. She would appear to be ideal.”

A darker movie to go along with a darker more realistic game? Sign me up! Olivia Wilde as Lara Croft? Sure, why not? Recasting Angelina Jolie in the role is already highly unlikely considering she garnered a reported $20 million for Salt. Do people even remember that movie? Still, the actress chosen needs to fit the Croft persona, have some mad acting skills and be able to carry herself in a fight scene. Jolie did that VERY well and it’s a skill that not many actresses are cut out for.

Who would be your pick to play Lara Croft in a Tomb Raider reboot?

Can anyone really do it better?

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  1. Françoise Macke (Fran)No Gravatar February 23, 2011 at 10:24 am - Reply

    Rhona Mitra was chosen in 1997 by Eidos, it became known by fans of a great public games. Although it is had success as a fan I do not think she will be back! But I’d like to see in a movie Lara Croft …

  2. ChevronSe7enNo Gravatar February 23, 2011 at 9:44 am - Reply

    I found the first Tomb Raider to be tied with Fantastic Four for the worst action movie I paid money to see. I never saw the second one because I vowed never see to see a Angelina Jolie movie again. I, for one, welcome our new Olivia Wilde overlords….I mean Tomb Raider.

  3. spacegypsy1No Gravatar February 22, 2011 at 11:29 am - Reply

    Last line… Can anyone really do it better?f I don’t think so! Claudia Black’s not meaty enough, I like Olivia Wilde, but really I don’t think she’s Wilde enough. Rhona Mitra…still not meaty enough. Hmm. I swear right now I don’t see anyone doing it better than Jolie! Mitra and Black could do the character, but I’m not sure either (and you know I L O V E them both) of them can out Croft Angelina!

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