After starring in two Tomb Raider films as Lara Croft, it looks like Angelina Jolie is out as everyone's favorite globe-trotting skimpy-clothed adventuress. Film producer Dan Lim has been talking about the next movie in the franchise, and goodness gracious oh my, it's a prequel reboot origin story.
"We're rebooting Lara Croft...It's a great origin story that we're going to tell, a very character-oriented, I would say more realistic than the past Lara Croft movies...It's not full-on action. I would say it's like Terminator, it's character driven action. For me, the Lara Croft games and movies have gone a little too action-oriented. I wanted to have action, but with character."
What, we're going to see Lara's college years? Her first tomb raid? How do they do an origin story for a character that did not really become interesting until she became the character we saw in the films? Prior to collecting artifacts and exploring forgotten places, wasn't Lara just a regular person? Frankly, I think that Tomb Raider would do better as a weekly television series. Each week we'd follow her to some newly discovered lost temple or ruin where she gets into thrilling action scenes.
But that's not really enough to sustain a one-hour drama, is it? I suppose they'd have to give her some friends to join her on her journeys. Probably her best gal pal as a sidekick. Ah, no, wait; I got it. In the first episode, Lara takes her friend on an adventure, but the friend gets into a deadly situation and Lara can't save her, and then the story moves several years into the future and this supposedly dead friend turns up again pissed and looking for revenge, and then... oops, sorry about that. I think I just created Tomb Raider: Legend. My belief that Tomb Raider would make a better television series than movie still stands though.