Hollywood Signs Up For Yet Another Reboot: Tomb Raider
It seems that one of the latest franchises to get a reboot in La La Land will be Tomb Raider, this time based on the reboot of the video game. Darrel Gallagher, head of Crystal Dynamics, confirmed the news that the developers will be working with GK Films to bring the new Croft to the silver screen.
Now I’m all for movies featuring strong females as the leads (and let’s face it – there are far too few of them in the action genre), but what about some of the controversy surrounding the new Tomb Raider? Rumors have been leaking over the past few months that in the new game, Lara spends a lot of time dealing with violent behavior against her by men. Some sources have even called it excessive. This controversy is rather interesting, considering that the game itself was written by a woman, Rihanna Pratchett.
I have not yet played Tomb Raider myself, but will do so in order to form my own opinion about the game. I do recommend that other women (even those of you unsure about the rumors) do the same before jumping to a quick judgement about what few clips we’ve seen.
Regardless of the controversy, though, the character of Lara Croft is iconic and Crystal Dynamics took their role in remaking her seriously for the new game. According to Noah Hughes, Crystal Dynamics’ Creative Director, “Looking at Lara as a character, she was still going to be an intellectual heroine, a brilliant archeologist, but more athletic, more competent in traversal and puzzle-solving and combat.” But will Hollywood hold her up to that level, as well? Personally, I have my doubts.
So the question on everyone’s mind now is: who will play the new Lara Croft? Leave me a comment below and tell me who you would like to see in the role.