Square Enix might not have been especially happy with the performance of their new “Tomb Raider” game, but at least the reboot of the series was received favorably by fans and critics. That seems to have been enough for MGM and GK Films, who are teaming up to reboot the film series as well.
“I am thrilled to partner with [MGM CEO] Gary [Garber] 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,” GK Films founder Graham King said in a statement.
Development is said to begin immediately, though casting for the project has not been announced. King will act as a producer on the movie. It seems as though this will start the “Tomb Raider” film franchise from scratch, meaning no more Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft.
“Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” hit theaters in 2001 and its sequel, “Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life,” came out in 2003. Both were received poorly by critics and did relatively well in theaters (the first made $131 million domestic, the second made $65 million domestic). In the 10 years since the second movie came out, there have been plenty of actresses who have come forward who could potentially fill Jolie’s shoes, so we doubt MGM and GK will have any difficulty finding a new Lara Croft.