If you are a fan of Lara Croft and the Tomb Raider franchise then today is a pretty significant day for you as it is the official release date of 'Tomb Raider' the highly anticipated relaunch of one of video games' most successful franchise. The game features a younger, more versatile Lara Croft who struggles to find herself and her place in a world that is more than a little bit scary. It's a fresh take on a character that many of us grew up with, focusing on her early years as an explorer who is just trying to survive. The anticipation and excitement revolving around this game led to some forward thinking on the part of Crystal Dynamics. Now that the character has been rebooted and given a fresh take in a new video game, perhaps it is time to revamp the character for the big screen as well?
According to Variety, Crystal Dynamics has been actively thinking of how to bring this new take on an old character to other forms of entertainment, like film, for example. Rather than simply licensing out Lara and her franchise, Crystal Dynamics has teamed up with GK Films to develop a new film version of the Tomb Raider films that will fall more in line with what they have done in the reboot of their franchise. The new game looks at Lara from a more "character driven" perspective, something that GK Films knows a thing or two about having produced films like The Departed and Hugo.
They are working from this new take that we’ve given them, Darrell Gallagher, head of Crystal Dynamics said of GK Films. “It’s a good partnership. We’re seeing the challenges through the same lens…It was important for both of us to have a cohesive version of the franchise…We didn’t want to see a film version that was a continuation of the old ‘Tomb Raider’ films.
A fresh take would be good for Lara, and it is nice to see that the game developers are so invested in making a decent film, something that doesn't always happen when dealing with movies that start as video games first. What do you think of this idea? Are you looking forward to picking up your copy of Tomb Raider? Who do you think should play Lara on the big screen?