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Briefly: The video game incarnation of Lara Croft, Tomb Raider, was rebooted not long ago, and the film version is following suit. Paramount’s hold on the franchise rights lapsed after the middling performance of the second film starring Angelina Jolie, and GK Films nabbed the option to make a new Tomb Raider film. The company took the package to MGM, which has been working  on he character’s revival.

Now Marti Noxon, writer/showrunner for Buffy the Vampire Slayer and screenwriter for the Fright Night remake, has been hired to script. No word on the story or general approach at this moment, besides the safe and obvious assumption that Croft and her archaeological adventures will be the focus. [Variety]

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Briefly: The slowly developing new cinematic take on Tomb Raider has been given some momentum by the popularity of the latest video game release. Despite the fact that game publisher Square/Enix has called the 3.4m sales of the new Tomb Raider a disappointment, that’s a pretty good number for a late-model release in an old franchise, and the game has done well with critics and fans.

GK Films picked up the Tomb Raider film rights in 2011, and has now passed them on to MGM. The two companies will develop a new film together. That process begins now, but there are no creative attachments to announce — no screenwriter, director, or actors. Producer Graham King said in a press release, ”I am thrilled to partner with Gary and his MGM team on rebooting this successful ‘Tomb Raider’ film franchise. The enthusiasm over the recent game release is very encouraging and we can’t wait to bring it to the big screen.”

Reports of the death of creativity in Hollywood are probably somewhat exaggerated, but it can’t be denied that there are a lot of reboots, remakes, adaptations, sequels, prequels, etc. in the pipeline. After the jump, updates on three we’ve got our eye on:

  • Jose Padilha describes his Robocop as being about “a man being turned into a product by a corporation”
  • Tomb Raider producer Graham King confirms that he has a completed script, and explains how he took inspiration from Rise of the Planet of the Apes
  • Dark Shadows star Helena Bonham Carter discusses what makes Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows such a tough sell

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What is Lara Croft’s character, beyond boobs, ponytail and guns? There’s her adventurous spirit, I guess, but beyond that? Hard to say. Looks like we’re going to find out, as the new version of Tomb Raider that GK Films is putting together is starting to sound a lot like a prequel-ish origin story. Read More »

The next puzzle has been solved on the long road to a 2013 Tomb Raider reboot. Graham King’s GK Films got the big one out of the way in March when they announced they’d acquired the rights to the franchise from Square Enix, which had previously been at Paramount. Next up, writers needed to be hired, and that’s just fallen into place. Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, both credited writers on Iron Man, Children of Men and the upcoming Cowboys & Aliens, and will attempt to craft an “origin story for Lara Croft that solidifies her place alongside Ellen Ripley and Sarah Connor in the pantheon of great female action heroes.” Read More »

Like it or not, Tomb Raider heroine Lara Croft has become an internationally-recognized icon. Present an attractive brunette with a long ponytail, tight t-shirt, short shorts and a couple of pistols and enough people will recognize Croft to plunk down a few bucks to watch her explore ruins and fight off bad guys. Or that’s the idea, at least, and the reason that Graham King’s GK Films — the company that financed The Tourist — is preparing a Tomb Raider reboot aimed for 2013. Read More »

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In January, it was revealed that a new Tomb Raider movie was in development. Not a sequel but a complete reboot of the series. About.com was able to catch up with producer Dan Lin and find out a little more about the project. Lin reveals that the film will be a “very character orientated” origin story, which hopes to take a “more realistic” tone than past Tomb raider movies.I guess this means we won’t be seeing Lara punching any sharks this time around.

He also says it will be a younger Lara Croft, which has some sites assuming that he means teenage. Megan Fox had been the subject of Internet rumors surrounding the project earlier this year. And while casting has yet to begin (it still sounds like they’re in the story development phase), who knows?

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