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Tomb Raider Film Developed Alongside New Video Game

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Lara Croft’s making quite a splash these days. The gun-toting British archaeologist known for running around exotic locales, solving puzzles and fighting off everything from hungry wolves to rival treasure hunters, got a reboot thanks to game creators Crystal Dynamics. With the new game, Tomb Raider, hitting stores today, thoughts once again turns to the planned movie reboot.

Variety talked to Crystal Dynamics studio head Darrell Gallagher about the new game, which he says borrows ideas from Batman Begins, Casino Royale and even 127 Hours.

While on the topic of films, Gallagher said Crystal Dynamics  has been working with GK Films on putting together another feature, which, like the new game, would feature a younger Croft. “They are working from this new take that we’ve given them,” Gallagher said. “It’s a good partnership. We’re seeing the challenges through the same lens.”

Tomb Raider began life as a video game in 1996 and has spawned eight sequels including today’s release. The property has become a pretty significant part of pop culture going so far as to spawn a pair of films starring Angelina Jolie. Gallagher pointed out, though, that the new film will be its own things. “It was important for both of us to have a cohesive version of the franchise,” Gallagher said. “We didn’t want to see a film version that was a continuation of the old Tomb Raider films.”

While nothing has been announced about the film’s plot, it’s expected to follow some of the origin elements of the latest game.

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