Lara Croft Models Will ‘Never Happen Again’, Origin Story Movie Will

Lara Croft Models Will ‘Never Happen Again’, Origin Story Movie Will

I can barely ask the question before Tomb Raider’s Karl Stewart has an answer.

“That will never happen again,” he says. “We want to create a visceral experience. We want people to look at Lara and see the psychological aspect of her character.

“Having a real Lara out there doing cartwheels kind of destroys that.”

So we won’t be seeing a Croft model rolled out to help promote what is quickly becoming one of my most anticipated games of 2012, despite the fact that the women who voices her is an actress. But that doesn’t mean that all fiction surrounding this reinvention of Croft as a more relevant character will be limited to the Tomb Raider game.

Earlier this year, it was announced that Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby (the writers behind Children of Men and Ironman) will be writing the screenplay for a new Tomb Raider Movie. The movie is expected to come out in early 2013, well after the game hits.

While it won’t be a movie that recreates the game’s story, it will be one inspired by the game’s new vision of Croft as a young woman shipwrecked on an island.

“They bought into the vision of taking a 21-year-old girl on her first adventure,” Stewart said. “We’re excited that the movie will be about Lara going down that same path.

“We had the opportunity to go out and look for partners for the movie. I think we’ve picked the right partner to cement something very solid. They’ve done some phenomenal things in the past.”


  • This might be my most anticipated game of E3. I’m amazed they’ve managed to create a emotionally complex character out of one of the biggest Mary Sues in gaming.

    • She was a total Mary Sue. I’m just not convinced rolling on the floor and screaming “it hurts! AhhH!” changes a goddamn thing.

      Emotionally invested my butt. The opening narration for the trailer was the most derivative, bored, JRPP-dub-ish thing I’ve ever seen.

  • I’d be more interested if they just used a new character, instead of milking the franchise.

    Hell, why not keep the Tomb Raider title, and use her niece, or granddaughter, or something.

    • That has been well and truely overused as a plot device. I’d rather see a reboot than another “hand the baton” like the did with the Mummy and Indiana Jones movies. If anything, it’s turned people off the frachises.

      • Yeah, fair call.

        But it seems like they’re clinging onto the Lara Croft name just to help sell the game.

        Like with the Devil May Cry reboot. These re-inventions of Lara and Dante are different characters, with the same name, probably just cos that name sells.

      • Compared with ‘dark gritty reboot’, I’d say handing on the baton is the lesser of two evils.

        But hell, why not event a new IP if they’re going through so much trouble. Oh right, because Tomb Raider is a franchise and they can milk more money from nostalgia.

  • I’m in two minds about this. On the one hand, it sounds like Uncharted, which is a good thing. On the other, how many times have they failed to reboot this property?

    Ah, who am I kidding, I love you Lara.

    • Your the only one to say something positive….I’m with you on the two minds thing.
      And I definatly still love lara!

  • Considering I’ve had absolutely zero interest in playing a Tomb Raider game up to this point, this new approach may just change that.

  • She’s had more reboots than I care for. The gameplay demo didn’t show much gameplay (very scripted) and the voice overs also removed me from the moment.
    With competition from Uncharted, heavy rain, and LA Niore, it needs more than a girl rolling around on the floor telling me it hurts to want me to guide her to safety.

  • i can see their direction they are coming from, but from the pure testosterone inside me….DAMMIT

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