The Tomb Raider Movie Franchise Hits the Reboot Button

Rumours of a new Tomb Raider film have been floating about the Internet ever since the release of the critically-acclaimed Tomb Raider 2013 and there appeared to be some glimmer of hope when GK Films and MGM announced that Marti Noxon, a screenwriter best known for her work on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, had been hired to work on the script.

Everything was falling into place. Or so we thought. Months went by without an update and Noxon’s reluctance to discuss her involvement in the project seemed to confirm fans’ fears that plans for a new Tomb Raider film would never see the light of day.

But then MGM came along, sailing on the wave of hype generated by Game Informer’s month-long spotlight on Rise of the Tomb Raider, to announce that a new screenwriter had been hired and that Warner Bros had signed on to co-finance, co-produce, and distribute a brand-new Tomb Raider film.

Deadline reported that Evan Daugherty had been brought in to replace Marti Noxon and that the film would be a reboot featuring a younger Lara Croft embarking on her first adventure. Whether this means the film will be an adaptation of the 2013 game remains to be seen. What we do know so far is that MGM, GK Films, and Warner Bros are “fast-tracking” the reboot and that there is currently no information on the film’s cast or release date.

Camilla Luddington, Hayley Atwell, and Emma Watson. Some of the fans' favourite contenders for the new Lara Croft
Camilla Luddington, Hayley Atwell, and Emma Watson (L-R). Some of the fans’ favourite contenders for the new Lara Croft

Daugherty’s most recent projects include Snow White and the Huntsman, the film adaptation of the popular young-adult novel Divergent, and the less-than-spectacular 2014 blockbuster Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Let’s see if he’s able to craft a story worthy of Ms Croft.

Do you think Evan Daugherty is up to the task? And who would you like to see cast as Lara Croft? Do we even need a new Tomb Raider film at this point? Feel free to share your comments and/or concerns below!

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15 Comments on “The Tomb Raider Movie Franchise Hits the Reboot Button”

  1. I know I’m the recurring cynic, but no…no way in hell is that writer up to the “Task of Croft.” I don’t believe it for a moment.

    For the actresses, as much as I like Watson, she doesn’t fit the bill. Camilla and Hayley are a closer match and I would favour Camilla considering he close ties to the role. She knows how to be a perfect Croft.

    1. Emma Watson is up there with Jennifer Lawrence on my “Actresses I Don’t Want to See as Lara Croft” (it’s a long list, to be honest). She’s not a bad actress but she lacks a certain edge and charisma.

      As I mentioned in my comment to Luke, Camilla’s not someone I’d choose either. And seeing that people keep dismissing Emily Blunt, Hayley Atwell and Gemma Arterton as potential candidates based on their age…I’d like to point out that Ms Luddington is also in her early 30s. So if they’re willing to let that slip, I see no reason not to let the other ladies have a shot at the role. 😉

  2. Camilla for Croft. I honestly can’t see anyone else in the role right now. And I still stand by Jolie for Natla, although I doubt any reboot will try tackling that character.

    1. I’m really failing to see the attraction of “Camilla as Lara”. True, she’s become the face of the new Lara due to her work on the games but I personally don’t rate her highly as a voice actress in 2013 (her wobbling accent is as bad as mine and it was pretty distracting). I don’t dislike her as an actress as I love her character on Grey’s Anatomy…but she just doesn’t sound or feel like Lara to me. Perhaps my preference for the older games (and films) is colouring my judgement..

      1. Joining the two comments for a little debate hehehe

        For me it’s not age, it’s how well they’ll deliver the Lara Croft performance. It also depends on whether this is Original Lara or Nu-Lara as I like to call her. If it’s for the new, the Camilla would nail it, but she’s certainly lacking in strength and charisma when you put her in the original’s shoes. To be honest, for me even Angelina Jolie had something missing in her performance.
        Gemma Atterton and Emily Blunt both have the look, but I don’t know enough about them to tell you if I find them Lara-worthy. That’s the difficulty in casting Lara, you need the look and the energy, the Croft-ness.

        Then again, is there someone more worthy of Lara than Keeley Hawes, the current original Lara voice actress? It’s why I thought it should be an animated movie, then you can have the best actors, not just the ones that look the part.

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