Reboot continues to be the new buzz word in Hollywood, as Warner Brothers and producer Dan Lin (yes, the guy behind the recently announced Tom and Jerry movie) are planning to bring back Lara Croft: Tomb Raider for a new series of films that will essentially start over again from scratch. Paramount was the studio responsible for the first two films, but the rights have since reverted back to game developer Eidos (who are now owned by Time-Warner).
The new franchise will not involve Angelina Jolie, who is at this point probably way too expensive (and probably not interested, either). The first two Tomb Raider movies did, however, play a large part in making Jolie the star she is today. The question is, were the previous movies successful because of Jolie or because of the video games on which they were based? I’m guessing the former. With the resurrection of the Indiana Jones franchise, it may seem like a good time to develop another treasure-hunting action/adventure movie, but it’s going to be tough to find the right actress to carry that lead role. (Rumours about Megan Fox taking over the franchise have proven to be false.) I find it odd also that this announcement comes on the heels of reported trouble for the video game franchise, which may resort to a new Mature-rated title in order to regain fan interest. Would you pay to see another Lara Croft adventure on the big screen?