Producer Graham King has been out doing the press rounds for “Hugo” and the subject of the “Tomb Raider” reboot has come up in several interviews.
At last report “Iron Man” writers Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby had been hired to pen the film which is a kind of prequel-meets-reboot (ala “X-Men: First Class,” “Casino Royale,” “Star Trek”) that reimagines the franchise and the character of Lara Croft.
King, who wasn’t involved in the first two films that starred Angelina Jolie, has confirmed that the script has just come in and he hopes to begin shooting sometime next year.
“I find it interesting that the story that we’re telling is really the story before she became Lara Croft, so it is a character piece… I’ve not really done a movie like that before, but I really gravitated to rebooting this franchise and we’re going to give it a shot” he tells Coming Soon.
He gave Collider a similar sentiment – “There’s something about her character and going back to her roots, and that’s what we’re doing with this. You’re actually gonna meet her before she has all her powers as Lara Croft. it’s more of a character study, but it’s a really fun, fun adventure story.”
The story sounds akin to the upcoming console game hitting next year. The game, essentially a second reboot of the series, follows a 21-year-old Lara Croft who washes ashore on an island off the coast of Japan after surviving a shipwreck. She soon must endure physical and emotional torture in order to survive.