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Lara Croft is back in action.
The heroine of one of the biggest video games from the 1990s is once again getting the movie treatment, this time from heavyweight producer Graham King and his GK Films.
GK Films has acquired the feature film rights to Tomb Raider and will reboot the action-adventure franchise aiming for a 2013 release for the first film.
The new movie will be produced by King and Tim Headington.
Angelina Jolie starred in the two previous big-screen adaptations made by Paramount, and with King having produced The Tourist, the Jolie-Johnny Depp thriller, some tongues were wagging about the potential for a new Jolie Raider movie.
But sources say GK Films, which has not hired a writer yet, may be looking to do a Lara Croft origin story rather continue her adventures.
According to GK Films, the goal is to “create daring new adventures for the young and dynamic Lara Croft.”
The game was created in 1996 by Eidos, now part of entertainment group Square Enix. (In December, Enix subsidiary, Crystal Dynamics, said it was working on a new Raider game, this one based on the origins of Croft.)
2001’s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and 2003’s Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life grossed $432 million worldwide.
The rights lapsed back to Eidos in the late 2000s, with Warner Bros. in development of an iteration. That version, however, never got past the writing stage.
Grey Rembert will oversee the project for GK Films, which was involved in Rango and has Hugo Cabret, directed by Martin Scorsese, coming out later this year.
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