Look who's back Lara Croft is on her way back to the big screen.
GK Films, the Hollywood production studio behind "Rango" and the Angelina Jolie vehicle "The Tourist," has acquired the film rights to the short-shorts-wearing, butt-kicking heroine from publisher Square Enix. The company is aiming for a 2013 release.
Tomb Raider is one of the few games to manage a successful transition to the film world. Jolie starred in a pair of movies based on the franchise in 2001 and 2003, but it's unlikely she'll be a part of this picture.
Asked in 2004 if she'd do another Tomb Raider film, Jolie told UGO "I don't think so. I just don't feel like I need to, because I felt very happy with the last one, which was kind of the one we wanted to do. The first one kind of frustrated us, because we were trying something new. The second one, I felt like that's kind of how I wanted to do it, and I don't really feel the need to do another one."
Crystal Dynamics, the developer behind Tomb Raider, is currently working on a video game reboot of the franchise that shows how Lara became the icon she is today. GK Films seems to be following the same path, noting in a press release that the film will feature a "young and dynamic Lara Croft."
"We are very excited to be rebooting what is already a hugely successful film franchise and continuing the Tomb Raider phenomenon," says GK Films executive Graham King.
While there has been plenty of speculation about the cast and director, the company has not made any further announcements about the film. Favorite names in the whisper circles include Megan Fox (who has dismissed the talk) and Olivia Wilde. But expect plenty of others to surface before a formal announcement is made.
Whether on film or in a game, Lara is a big draw. The first two movies grossed some $432 million at the global box office, despite mediocre reviews (and largely on the drawing power of Jolie in a series of skin-tight outfits). The games, meanwhile, have sold over 35 million copies since their 1996 debut.