Monday, March 07, 2011

Enter "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider"

According to reports, GK Films has acquired film rights to "Tomb Raider", based on the best-selling "Tomb Raider" video games from interactive entertainment company, Square Enix Ltd.

A new "Tomb Raider" motion picture reboot is now being targeted for a 2013 theatrical release, to be produced by Graham King and Tim Headington.

A new "Tomb Raider" video game also seeks to 'reinvent' protagonist 'Lara Croft' with a gritty, new origin story.

The new game, from Redwood City-based Crystal Dynamics, is the first 'Lara Croft' game since the completion of Square Enix's buyout of UK-based Eidos Interactive in 2009 for $117 million.

"Forget everything you knew about 'Tomb Raider'," said Crystal Dynamics head Darrell Gallagher. "We are exploring things that have never been done before..."

"...After a brutal storm destroys the boat she was traveling on, a frightened young woman is left washed ashore on an unknown beach. On her own but not alone she has only one goal, to survive.

"Here begins the first adventure for a young and inexperienced 'Lara Croft' in a story which charts the journey of an ordinary woman who finds out just how far she must go in order to stay alive..."

The first "Tomb Raider" game launched in 1996, developed by Eidos Studio Core Design. In 2003, Eidos moved the series to Crystal Dynamics, developers of video games "Tomb Raider: Legend", "Anniversary", "Underworld" and recently, the downloadable "Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light".

According to Square Enix, the "Tomb Raider" video game franchise, which spun-off two feature films starring actress Angelina Jolie, has sold over 35 million units.

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