New Tomb Raider film will explore Lara’s origins

Producer Graham King has revealed that the upcoming Tomb Raider movie reboot will shed some light on the origins of heroine Lara Croft.

Speaking with Coming Soon, King spoke of his desire to take the franchise back to the drawing board, and promised the flick will contain its fair share of action despite being a ‘character piece.’

"Listen, the box office, they [previous Tomb Raider films] weren’t disasters but I find it interesting that the story that we’re telling is really the story before she became Lara Croft, so it is a character piece," he said.

"It does have a lot of really great characters, but it’s a lot of action and a lot of fun, and for me, it’s something very different. I’ve not really done a movie like that before, but I really gravitated to rebooting this franchise and we’re going to give it a shot."

The film is being penned by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby of Iron Man and Children of Men fame. The duo’s intention is to cobble together "origin story for Lara Croft that solidifies her place alongside Ellen Ripley and Sarah Connor in the pantheon of great female action heroes".

No word yet on who will be stepping into Croft’s boots this time around, though the previous two Tomb Raider movies have featured Angelina Jolie in the role. Likewise, it remains unknown if the film will connect to the upcoming videogame reboot currently in development at Crystal Dynamics.

Tomb Raider (working title) is currently scheduled to hit cinemas in 2013. Stay tuned.