Reel To Reel: Tomb Raider has new life…

A few years ago a Warner Bros. exec made the insane statement that females can’t carry big budget action movies. What’s even more perplexing is that some people, especially those in the industry, happened to agree. This is one of the reason that while a new Wonder Woman animated DVD is being released in March, the live action movie of the heroine has been shelved.

Lucas Siegel over at Newsarma (whassup Lucas!!!) is as perplexed as I because imagine our surprise to hear that Warner Bros. is relaunching the Tomb Raider series with a fresh coat of reboot. For those of you who don’t know what that means, hit the jump to find out…

It’s highly unlikely that you missed it with the news being all over the blogsphere, but E! Online has the info and a brief history of the Tomb Raider series. It was Paramount who released the two financially successful but critically panned Tomb Raider movies starring Angelina Jolie. Wait a minute, you heard these movies were horrible, how in the world can they justify rebooting the franchise? Like I said, financially successful. Oh, you think I’m kidding? Check the numbers – The first installment, released in 2001, grossed $275 million worldwide, while the 2003 sequel earned $157 million. All told, the video game series, which launched in 1996, has accounted for more than $1 billion.

Now shut up and listen; here comes the interesting news…

Warner Bros bought 20% of Eidos Interactive, the producer and license owner of the Tomb Raider games, in December with the purpose of gaining the movie rights to Eidos’ video game library, including one Lady Lara Croft. It was Paramount that held the rights to the Tomb Raider movies prior.

The new revamped series will very likely not include the star who embodied Lara the first two times – Angelina Jolie. With Lara getting not only a new video game (Tomb Raider: Underworld didn’t see nearly as well as Eidos hoped) with a new origin, her main purpose for all those adventures will change as well. Megan Fox, rumored for the last few days as the heir apparent, has likewise been disspelled as a possible Lara.

So, we like everyone else begs the question?

Who should play the new and revamped Lara Croft?

I vote for Jessica Biel…

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~ by sladewilson on January 28, 2009.

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