If you're a gamer, you're already well aware of the phenomenon that leads to successful video games spawning terrible movie adaptations. It's one of the great mysteries of Hollywood: Why can nobody make a half-decent movie out of a video game?
To find a movie that brought the gaming experience to life on screen in a satisfying way, you have to go pretty far back — arguably as far as Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, the 2001 adventure movie which, while not exactly a great movie in itself, at least gave the world a Lara Croft who had a lot of shared DNA with the tough heroine of the video games.
15 years on, a Tomb Raider movie reboot is in development at Warner Bros. with Lara set to be embodied by woman of the moment Alicia Vikander — you know, the sexy robot from Ex-Machina who won an Oscar this year for The Danish Girl. Casual detail.
Everything we've heard about this reboot up to now actually sounds super-promising, and a new interview Vikander gave to Collider goes further in teasing exactly what we should expect from the "fresh" retelling of Lara's story. Here's what she had to say:
"[We have a] chance to make this story now, based on the rebooted game which is more of an origin story. Hopefully [it's] a great story and a great arc and then within that, a very entertaining adventure film ... I played the game when I was a kid [laughs]. It was really the real first protagonist I had seen in a video game at that point. And of course Angelina Jolie made her into an icon. So it’s cool to try to step into the shoes and we’re hoping to make something that will hopefully will be fresh and new."
If you haven't played Square Enix's Tomb Raider reboot, it essentially puts a new spin on Lara's classic origin story as the young archeology student embarks on an adventure to uncover the lost Kingdom of Yamatai. This mysterious island is home of a vast mythology encompassing World War II Nazi scientists, the trapped soul of an ancient, immortal queen, and a whole lot more glorious insanity.
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It's a great story, as is the sequel Rise of the Tomb Raider, and borrowing plot elements from those games gives the new movie an excellent shot at being far more enjoyable than (for example) the recent, CGI-heavy, story-light adaptation of Warcraft.
Ultimately, there's no point in making this movie if the intention isn't there to do something new with it, and the actual story of the original Jolie movie and its sequel was much less memorable than Lara's cute little shorts. It's encouraging to hear that the studio are taking a grounded approach this time with roots in a game that was extremely well-received by players and critics alike.
The movie reboot is currently scheduled to hit theaters in March 2018, with the relative unknown Roar Uthaug (The Wave) directing, but PS4 gamers can begin playing Rise of the Tomb Raider when it's released globally on October 11, 2016. Oh, and if you want a taste of what to expect from Vikander's Croft, check out the action-comedy The Man From Uncle, in which she makes a pretty convincing badass.
Are you stoked to see Alicia Vikander revive Lara Croft, and is adapting Square Enix's Tomb Raider game the best way for the movie to go?