Lara Croft and 'Tomb Raider' look to get back to the big screen (again)
“Tomb Raider” remains among the most popular video games in history. But is there room for another movie?
Graham King, the producer behind hits “The Departed” and “The Town,” will take another crack with Lara Croft. The producer announced Monday that his GK Films has acquired “Tomb Raider” movie rights from game company Square Enix. King aims to have a new film about the artifact-hunting heroine in theaters within two years. No writer or director has yet been hired.
It's not the first time a "Tomb Raider" reboot has been attempted. Warner Bros. and "Sherlock Holmes" producer Dan Lin began developing a new version of the game in 2009, when the studio had acquired a stake in game publisher Eidos, which has since been acquired by Japanese video game publisher Square Enix. The idea at the time was to revamp the character in a new way, reimagining her origins and beefing up her love interest.
But the film didn't get off the ground, and rights reverted from Lin and Warner Bros. to Square Enix.
Since the original video game came out in 1996, "Tomb Raider" and its eight sequels have sold 35 million copies around the world. A new sequel is scheduled to be released this year.
Paramount Pictures released two “Tomb Raider” films, helping make a star out of Angelina Jolie. The first film, 2001’s “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider,” grossed more than $270 million worldwide, and the 2003 sequel “Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life” grossed more than $156 million worldwide.
Photo: A scene from the "Tomb Raider" video game. Credit: Eidos