Whether or not there has ever been a truly successful video game movie is somewhat up for debate. Sure, there hasn’t been anything on the level of all the Marvel Studios flicks, but there have been a few franchises that have managed to make a name for themselves outside of the video games from which they originated. Mortal Kombat was perhaps the first example of this. Campy, silly, and strangely faithful to the source material, it was a film that many kids in the ‘90s grew up loving. The Resident Evil series is one that, despite its relatively low numbers, has managed to become an entire subfranchise by itself over the past decade.
And of course, we can’t forget the early 2000s and their Tomb Raider films, which modestly succeeded on the name and appeal of its lead, Angelina Jolie. Make no mistake, the movies weren’t testaments of the art of filmmaking. However, with the recent reboot of the Tomb Raider video game franchise, it opened up a real opportunity to reboot the film series as well, in light of more modern sensibilities.
Like the new video game franchise did, this film will likely aim to make Lara Croft a more three-dimensional character. The concept was promising, and even more promising was the talent brought on board to bring everything to life. At the helm is Norwegian filmmaker Roar Uthaug, who directed the excellent 2015 disaster film The Wave. On the on-screen talent front, we also have Oscar-winner Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft, and Walton Goggins as the villain. Should the stars align, we could be in for an intense action/adventure film fitting of the rebooted franchise.
Now, a new Instagram photo from the director has revealed that the film has officially begun shooting as of today.
With principal photography for Tomb Raider now underway, this gives the flick more than enough time to shoot, edit, re-shoot, and get any visual effects they need done before its release next March. Now the only question we have, on the heels of the disappointing Assassin’s Creed is…will the movie be any good? We certainly hope so.
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Tomb Raider hits theaters on March 16, 2018!
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