'Tomb Raider' reboot news: Film director cites Crystal Dynamics as inspiration


A new film about the adventures of Lara Croft, the Tomb Raider, will hit theaters soon. The film will be a reboot of the blockbuster series of films starring Angelina Jolie in the titular role. According to the director who will be helming the upcoming new film, the captivating origin story of the female heroine told through the 2013 game “Tomb Raider” will be the main inspiration for the upcoming new film.

November of last year, it was announced that Lara Croft will return to the big screen. Details about the film were scarce back then, except that Norwegian filmmaker Roar Uthaug had been tapped to take the directorial duties for the film and that “Transformers 5” writer Geneva Robertson-Dworet will be the one to pen the script.

In a recent interview with IGN, Uthaug confirmed that the upcoming film will see a younger Lara Croft as they will be making the film an origin story. The director also noted that they will be taking the same approach that game developer Crystal Dynamics did with the 2013 game “Tomb Raider,” citing that the developers did well on making Lara a relatable character.

“I think making Lara Croft feel like a real human being, that’s definitely something we want to bring to the big screen as well,” Uthaug said. “I think we’ll want to make people relate to Lara as a character. I’m hoping to bring some of my Norwegian sensibilities to the franchise.”

Additionally, Uthaug himself is not a newbie in the world of Lara Croft, which would contribute to his vision and perspective of the film. As the director revealed, he had been a fan of the popular game franchise ever since it debuted with its first game in 1996.

“I’ve always been a fan of strong female characters,” he added, “and I think I’ve had strong female characters in all my previous movies, so that’s something I thought was interesting.”

No release date for the film has been set for now.