Tomb Raider Reboot: Oh, Why?

They’re rebooting Tomb Raider. They’re rebooting Tomb Raider. Am I the only person who sees this as a sign of some upcoming cultural apocalypse? Is Hollywood really that devoid of new ideas?

For me, rebooting Tomb Raider as a movie franchise is even more inexplicable than Sony deciding to reboot Spider-Man, or the Joss Whedon-less Buffy movie. After all, both of those franchises were successes, and there was potentially money left on the table from their absences from the imaginations of the mass populace. But… Tomb Raider? Really? How did that happen?

Don’t get me wrong, I am not against the idea of Tomb Raider in general — “It’s Indiana Jones turned up to 11, but the lead is a woman” is a fine high concept to hang your hat on, even if the execution remains curiously linked with the 1990s by dint of its popularity at the time — but I doubt that there’s anyone who could argue that either of the original movies (Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life) were the kind of blockbuster successes that make recreating such a recent project (Cradle of Life is less than 10 years old!) a necessity.

Perhaps it’s just the same rush of nostalgia, optimism and faith in the strength of recognized brands that has also brought us Tron: Legacy and news of potential Blade Runner prequels and sequels. It’s a laziness to claim that Hollywood doesn’t understand the value of new ideas, because — hey! Look at all of the non-sequels and remakes that the movie industry is still producing, even if they’re not massively original in and of themselves, but at the same time, there’s definitely an overly romanticized belief amongst decision makers that name recognition is enough reason for people to pay attention to a movie, to make it a success, even though countless counterarguments have been presented.

I have no idea if the new Tomb Raider will be good, and if I’m honest, that almost seems beside the point; it’ll be another Tron: Legacy, trading on its history before it’s released, and exhausting all the goodwill before anyone has ever seen it. I just wish that Hollywood would be a little more selective in what it chooses to resurrect, or at least wait until we’d all forgotten how mediocre it was the first time around.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QKN5MHOI6VUFOYCTV5REK7M7A4 Jacob

    Anyone realize that this was McMillan before even opening it?

    Also, Tron: Legacy kicked ass. It just needed another 15 minutes to explain the shit with the ISO’s and the exact nature of C.L.U. and Flynn’s relationship.

    Also^2, didn’t some people like the Jolie ones?

  • Scud

    “They’re rebooting Tomb Raider. Am I the only person who sees this as a sign of some upcoming cultural apocalypse? Is Hollywood really that devoid of new ideas?”

    Apparently you’ve been stuck under a rock for the last decade. This isn’t surprising at all.

  • http://twitter.com/HeroicTStudios Michael Sacal

    “Also, Tron: Legacy kicked ass. It just needed another 15 minutes to explain the shit with the ISO’s and the exact nature of C.L.U. and Flynn’s relationship.”

    I think that’s what the new toon will strive to do.

  • kalorama

    “They’re rebooting Tomb Raider. Am I the only person who sees this as a sign of some upcoming cultural apocalypse?”

    You’re the only person who thinks the cultural apocalypse is still upcoming.

    “I doubt that there’s anyone who could argue that either of the original movies (Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life) were the kind of blockbuster successes that make recreating such a recent project (Cradle of Life is less than 10 years old!) a necessity.”

    No one with an ounce of common sense would argue that anything Hollywood does is done out of “necessity.”

    “I just wish that Hollywood would be a little more selective in what it chooses to resurrect”

    Not nearly as much as we wish you’d be a little more selective in decrying anything you don’t like the idea of as a portent of global doom.

  • Jim H.

    Yep, the fact that it was a wholly negative title based on nothing but rumors, speculation, or in this case, nothing more than the announcement of a project is always a dead giveaway of who wrote it.

  • MZ

    This is newsworthy?

    Why do I waste my time reading McMillan overreacting negatively to everything?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Aaron-Ray/100000199787272 Aaron Ray

    rebooting TR for a reason. who doesn’t love sequels

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QKN5MHOI6VUFOYCTV5REK7M7A4 Jacob

    Yea I don’t see why. Tron: Betrayal covered the ground beautifully.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QKN5MHOI6VUFOYCTV5REK7M7A4 Jacob

    With this site, yea, it is.

  • Silvermoth

    I’m very excited in fact. The reason they’re rebooting it is because people want more stories so why not bring ‘em on! Lara is a fantastic character and she didn’t really reach her potential last time

  • Spike

    I’m not saying you’re wrong, but I think the reason we’re gonna see this happening quite a bit, especially with action and comic book movies, is that the actors/actresses playing the roles age and they want to cast younger but are afraid people will think it’s the same continuity. You cast a younger actress to play Lara Croft and people assume it takes place before the other ones and all tension is lost because obviously she survives this one to make it to the other ones. Not that this stops them from doing prequels anyway but we already complain about how many of those there are.

  • http://tpbtavern.blogspot.com/ Farson89

    I don’t see this doing well anyway, the first two Tomb Raider movies aren’t remembered with much affection and the game series has seen better days. I predict a flop.

  • Kid Show Business

    Where will they put the colon in the title this time?

  • Ziggy

    The real question is why the rest of the Spinoff staff allow him to keep contributing when his comments section is nothing but people being tired of his overreacting negativity to everything.

  • kalorama

    Because he probably gets more hits/response than anyone else. They don’t care if people love him or loathe him, as long as they keep reading/clicking.

  • Anonymous

    Can we please stop getting these articles from McMilan? There is never any sort of substance to any of his articles and they are constantly projecting total failures based on nonexistant or unsubstantiated rumors. This is not the kind of content any blog should have.