By our guest blogger, Joe Oliveto
If the upcoming “Spider-Man” film is any indication, Hollywood thinks that it is never too soon for a reboot. Thus, while the last “Tomb Raider” film was released in 2003, according to Deadline, a new take on the franchise is already being planned, with a possible release date for the first film being 2013.
The property was acquired by GK Films last December. The project is in the very early stages of development, so we haven’t heard any news yet regarding a cast or director, but if all goes smoothly, that info should be heading our way soon.
With so many more current video game franchises begging for adaptations, it is a little odd that this seems to be the one that has the best shot at getting made. After years stuck in development hell, “Halo” finally bit the dust. The “Grand Theft Auto” franchise could make for a fun series of over-the-top crime pictures, but Rockstar Games refuses to let a studio touch their most popular property. “Resident Evil” is begging for a reboot, if only so someone can get it right this time around.
Well, like most films based on video games, the first two “Tomb Raider” movies weren’t spectacularly impressive. Studios simply don’t know how to treat these types of pictures, and there’s little reason to believe that this new approach to the franchise will be any different. We hate being pessimists, but looking back at the cinematic adaptations of “Super Mario Bros.,” “Doom,” and “Max Payne,” you can probably understand our concern. We’ll see how this all pans out, but we’re not expecting to be impressed.