In 1996, a video game was released that followed a female British archaeologist as she explored dangerous places around the world. It went on to sell over 7.5 million copies and has continued to be a bestselling series ever since. Tomb Raider was soon adapted into a film – Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) – starring Angelina Jolie. While the film didn’t do very well with critics, it did do strong numbers at the box office. Two years later the sequel, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, came out but did disappointingly at the box office even though the reviews were slightly better than what its predecessor received.
The games explore exotic historical locations around the world while mixing some fantasy and science-fiction elements. Croft is a tough, dedicated, and smart heroine who would make for a great big screen character. The movie reboot has director Roar Uthaug (The Wave) attached with the script having gone through various revisions by a number of different writers. But what fans of the series seem to be most interested in is having the new Hollywood starlet Daisy Ridley (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) take on the role of Croft. She’s not officially confirmed yet but she’s stated that there have been conversations about it.
According to Heroic Hollywood, Warner Bros. is rumored to have an “Event Film” slated for October 6th, 2017, which could very possibly be where the reboot will be placed. More than likely it will be titled The Tomb Raider, considering how the film’s website is registered as www.thetombraidermovie.com. If it does snag a favorable fall release, it could mean that we could be in for more than just another simple video game adaptation. And with the potential of having Ridley in the lead role, this reboot really could work, especially since the actress would more than likely commit to more than just one film.
We will keep you updated as more information becomes available.