Full disclaimer here, video game movies are historically not very good.
Tomb Raider has been a prominent series in gaming for 20 years and I think pretty much everybody has at least heard of it. Even if you don’t know much about it, you’ve likely at least heard the name Lara Croft at some point in time as she has become one of the more iconic female leads in the industry. The series has had a large amount of success and has recently undergone a reboot under Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix.
Personally, the rebooted series of Tomb Raider is my favorite. Aside from the games just being awesome, I have a fondness for the current iteration of Lara Croft and I feel like she’s developed into a terrific version of the classic character; so I’m excited to see if she’ll translate into the rare, successful video game movie. The new Lara Croft isn’t just your typical badass; she’s a character who undergoes immense maturation, has become hardened through adversity and pursues mysteries to not only redeem her family name but protect the world from an ancient organization. I don’t know a thing about Alicia Vikander but at the very least, she looks the part.
This isn’t the first time Tomb Raider has reached the big screen. Angelina Jolie played the role of Lara Croft in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider – The Cradle of Life (2003). While they weren’t the worst video game based movies ever made, I don’t think either were particularly great. They were good enough to watch but that’s really all there is to say. If you’ve played the game then you know there’s certainly enough material there to create a quality film, we’ll just have to wait and see how it plays out.
Tomb Raider is to be directed by Roar Uthaug, written by Geneva Robertson-Dworet and is slated for release March 16, 2018.