Lara Croft is set to follow in Indiana Jones’ footsteps, and make a return to the big screen. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. (who gained the rights to the character this December) and producer Dan Lin are working to reboot “Tomb Raider,” and give the pistol packing heroine a new franchise. The new project will ignore the previous two Paramount films and start fresh, as the latest games have and revamp her origin, give her new adventures, villains, and love interests. Of course, this means there will be a new actress as well. Warner Bros isn’t planning on bringing Angelina Jolie back — and it is unlikely the Oscar nominated actress would return if they did make an offer. The studio plans to attach a writer and director first, and then find a new Croft.
Rumors hit the Internet this week that Jolie-clone Megan Fox was attached, but her spokesperson denied any involvement to io9. (I’ll cast my vote now for Rhona Mitra, original Croft model, and current vampire warrior in “Underworld: Rise of the Lycans.”) I’m really rather excited by this news, as I’m a huge fan of the character and the games. (Tonner’s Lara Croft decorates my desk as we speak.) But it could all go downhill depending on what talent is attached on the writing, directing, and acting fronts — and the track record for turning video games into movies remains incredibly poor. Still, the fan in me can’t help but hope this might finally be the exception, and that Lara Croft finally gets the kick ass movie she deserves.