In a world where reboots and remakes are coming fast and furious, it seems that every day we’re hearing news about something old being given a shiny new paint job and released back into the world, to be appreciated, or not, once again. Add to that the idea of a movie based on a video game, and we’re treading some pretty scary waters. Because we all know that video game adaptations don’t really work. Or at least, haven’t so far.
The exception to that rule was the Angelina Jolie led Tomb Raider, which was relatively successful for Paramount (the first one more so than the terrible second one), but that probably had more to do with the fact that Jolie was playing Lara Croft than anything else.
Fast forward 12 years and Warner Bros. is fast-tracking a reboot of this franchise. (Whether or not this is a good idea, at all, is a debate for another time!) First up is a director for the project and it appears that a shortlist for the job has been revealed. The Tracking Board is reporting that the studio has narrowed their choice down to Kathryn Bigelow, Catherine Hardwicke and Mimi Leder.
Now, I’m all for female directors getting more opportunities, but I’m not sure this is what I’m talking about. While I think that all of these ladies have done some pretty amazing work (some of them more than others), this isn’t a project that anyone outside of the studio is excited about. Bigelow could make a pretty spectacular Tomb Raider film, although I’m not sure it’s the type of project she would be interested in. I’m not a fan of Hardwick, although that might have more to do with my Twilight dislike, than anything else. Leder has proven she can do action well, and of the choices, she would be my top pick. It would also be really nice to see her get a big project like this one.
The studios seem to be determined to make the video game adaptation work, with Tomb Raider in development and Warcraft and Assassin’s Creed already in production. The next couple of years will be interesting for the genre, that’s for sure. There are so many games that could work really well on the big screen, but they have a real uphill battle ahead of them. It’s do or die time, because if any of these films fail, the genre just might be dead.
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