Tomb Raider’s Lara Croft swings back into action today with the release of the newest Tomb Raider game on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 – a rebooting of the popular franchise that could also translate to the big screen.
Darrell Gallagher, the head of developer Crystal Dynamics, recently sat down with Variety to discuss how this new vision of Lara will influence GK Films’ cinematic reboot of the series made famous by Angelina Jolie.
It turns out that CD’s updated take on the character will serve as a starting point for the film – something that makes Gallagher very happy.
“They are working from this new take that we’ve given them… 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.”
We didn’t really want to see a continuation of the old Tomb Raider films, either – so this is good news so far.
The new game (which I have yet to play) focuses on a younger Lara. It’s something of an origin story, reportedly making the character more vulnerable while demonstrating how she developed her formidable skills later in the series. Tomb Raider courted controversy earlier in its development cycle when a demo featured Lara being menaced in a sexual way by one of her captors during a segment displayed for the public.
It remains unclear how GK Films will develop the new Tomb Raider story, but the game will certainly provide a baseline. Now, as long as they don’t cast Megan Fox in the lead role, we’re interested.
Meanwhile, in other game movie news, Sony’s newest Resident Evil film now has a release date. Mark your calendars for September 12, 2014.
The film series, inspired by Capcom’s popular zombie-themed survival horror games, has proven a hit at the box office. The most recent film, 2012’s Resident Evil: Retribution, took in an impressive $221 million globally. That pretty much guaranteed we’d be seeing more adventures involving Milla Jovovich’s Alice.
Director (and Jovovich spouse) Paul W.S. Anderson will return to direct the newest installment. Plot details are being kept secret, but the director stated last year that he had an idea for how to keep the series moving forward. Now we’ll get to see it for ourselves.
Expectations are that Anderson will begin filming the newest Resident Evil this fall, after he finishes up work on Pompeii.
[via Bleeding Cool]