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Tomb Raider to Get Movie Reboot As Well

Variety is reporting that the British producer GK Films has acquired the rights to the Tomb Raider license from Square Enix.

“We are very excited to be rebooting what is already a hugely successful film franchise and continuing the Tomb Raider phenomenon,” [President and CEO Graham] King said.

Square Enix, of course, is preparing its own Tomb Raider reboot for release later this year, about a younger less experienced archeologist/survivalist Lara Croft on what might be her first adventure, with an emphasis on the character’s toughness and perseverance rather than her sex appeal.

And while we’re skeptical of that goal for the videogame actually being reached,

(this is the ultimate character design that Square Enix settled on when they wanted a girl with “a little bit of that baby fat“)

it’s a noble goal to have, so we’ll sit back, wait, and see. The movie’s release date is set for sometime in 2013, so it’s likely that it will be based on this latter reboot, for synergy’s sake.

(via Eurogamer.)

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  • Nicole Hazen

    If that’s baby fat then I must be a beached whale.

    And of course, we can’t forget the “white” tank top. *eye roll*

  • Erincb87

    Hmmm…if her arms are that skinny, how can she possibly be strong enough to kick as much ass as she actually does? Also, there are a few problems with the anatomy (yeah, okay, I went to art school, so shoot me). They should have made her actually ripped. It’s nice that she’s actually wearing something that looks functional though.

  • Erincb87

    Also, I’m just gonna say, I hate how they drew her nose. It’s like a button. It’s not nearly badass enough, lol.

  • Nicole Hazen

    I do agree that at least she’s wearing something that a person in her profession would actually wear. You know, instead of a cut off with shorts for jumping off of cliffs.

  • Anonymous

    She needs to look more like Linda Hamilton from that Terminator Flick where John Connor was a smart mouthed 14 year old punk with technical skills… And not like Madonna looks right now, with the sinewy arms and physique…

  • Shard Aerliss

    The archaeologists I know (I have a BA in it but didn’t enjoy it enough to follow up on a career) wear knitted jumpers and dungarees… though one of them is an archer and battle re-enacter and IS made out of twigs wrapped in string. Most of them would rather get drunk/have tea and biscuits than throw themselves off cliffs XD

  • Shard Aerliss

    This is an interesting change to a franchise that, in my opinion, has been floundering since 2000. Not sure if it will actually work. To be honest I’ve not played Legend or Underworld in their 360 or PS3 incarnations, only PS2 and I can’t say I’ve been impressed (I have trouble even remembering the plots). I have yet to play Anniversary but that’s just a SHINY remake of I…

    I do hope they manage to reinvigorate Lara with this move… but I’m not sure we’ll see any good changes.

    From the article linked in the above, er, article;

    “We wanted to make a girl that was somewhat familiar, yet had a special quality about her – something in the way her eyes look and her expression in her face that makes you want to care for her.” Art Director Brian Horton

    Oh joy, a moe Tomb Raider game! So not what Lara should be. I don’t want to protect Lara, I want to throw her at the gribbly things and the black clad men with guns until they’re dead! Yes, I realise the Ireland leg of Chronicles could be viewed as moe, but I was a teenager when it was released so it didn’t really hit me that way originally.

    I’m not specifically against moe (although some of the shows/games go waaaaay too far);I like my hurt/comfort tales as much as the next fannerd. I just don’t want Lara being the subject of moe delusions. She protects the boys (and the world) not the other way around.

  • JoAnna Luffman

    Some people (like my father, and myself) never look “built” yet have no issue with large loads. I’m a farm girl, and 80 pound bales of hay are normal. Her arms are are not that much smaller than mine. If you want to be cut, you lift light weight repeatedly. You want actual strength, you do more work on heavy weights, and you don’t get the definition.

    I’m also annoyed companies are now taking away the sexy from games. I want to be able to pretend I’m that sexy chick in cutoffs doing insane gymnastics, not the frumpy hausfrau I am. If the sexy chick attracts male gamers, that’s great. I also look for the sexy “chainmail bikini” minis to paint for my D&D characters.

    Rebooting a franchise to pander to women is more offensive than if they described her as a nice piece of tail that happens to do Indy’s schtick.

  • Shard Aerliss

    This whole pandering to women thing started way back when Core (I think it was still just Core) declared that they were cutting down her bum and boobs and widening her waist.


  • Lionmml

    Squee!! I’m looking forward to it!

    And while I do agree with my esteemed commentators that “baby fat” doesn’t really describe the woman pictured, the fact that she is NOT impossibly under weight and/or anorexic is AWESOME! Step in the right direction.

  • VampireZombeh

    Does she have a mullet? Otherwise cool.

  • Shard Aerliss

    It’s a pony tail! Lara needs her pony tail or plait… it’s like the source of her awesome or something.

  • Anonymous

    I went to art school too. What exactly are the anatomical problems you’re seeing?

  • Anonymous

    She looks like Hilary Swank. Which is fine by me.

  • Nat

    If any of you read the in-depth article in Game Informer about the new game, I think you all would be more supportive. The overall reboot sounds AMAZING and I personally cannot wait.

  • Shard Aerliss

    *heads over to Game Informer… searches “Tomb Raider”… comes up with nothing about the reboot… sighs… searches “Tomb Raider Reboot”… finds 2 features, 7 news results, 12 blogs…*

    Which one? XD

    I’ll just start with and go from there.

  • Kerensky97

    I’m just wondering if it will till have Rimmer in it. :(

  • Kex

    Well that is swell for you. We should of course change the whole gaming industry to fit only your needs.