Hollywood has been trying to get a new Tomb Raider movie off the ground for several years now, and the critical success of the rebooted game may have shown them how to do it.
"They are working from this new take that we've given them," says Darrell Gallagher, head of developer Crystal Dynamics in an interview with movie biz bible Variety. Angelina Jolie starred as Lara Croft in two Tomb Raider movies ten years ago, but neither was well received. Now the rights have landed with GK Films, which has a track record of working with directors such as Martin Scorsese and Michael Mann. It's also the company behind this year's Best Picture Oscar winner, Argo.
"It's a good partnership," says Gallgher. "We're seeing the challenges through the same lens. It was important for both of us to have a cohesive version of the franchise. We didn't want to see a film version that was a continuation of the old Tomb Raider films."
The new Tomb Raider game follows a younger Lara on her first adventure, shipwrecked on an island populated by pirates. Critics have been virtually unanimous in their praise for the game's script, written by Rhianna Pratchett, which reinvents Lara as a more human figure rather than the bosomy superhero of old.
Tomb Raider is out now for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.