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.”

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 »