I have no idea whether films based on video games will become as big of a money maker as films based on books, television shows or comics (although I did write a post here where I speculated that it’d be the next medium to be mined for stories), but Hollywood has certainly been investing resources into video game adaptations in recent weeks. In addition to some of the big movies coming out next year like Warcraft, Assassin’s Creed and Angry Birds, adaptations of Borderlands and Mega Man have been greenlit with Metal Gear Solid, Uncharted and Mass Effect in various stages of development by Avi Arad. I also wrote a post not too long ago where Nintendo stated they were changing their stance on developing their characters for the big screen. Here’s some more news on the video game adaptation front and it has to do with a reboot to the Tomb Raider franchise.
A Tomb Raider reboot has been talked about online for a while, but now strides have been made for it to become a reality. Evan Daugherty (Snow White and the Huntsman, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)) has written a screenplay and MGM and Warner Bros. are currently searching for a director. The belief is that the movie will lean more towards the more gritty, realistic tone of the current games than how the character and story were in the previous films. With that in mind, Tracking Board has reported that the current frontrunners for the directors chair are Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty), Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight, Plush), and Mimi Leder (Pay It Forward, Almost Human).
I don’t like that they are seeking out only female directors to direct a female-centric movie. It’s a practice that has been carried out with films like Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel as well where the studio heads appear to only consider a female director for a film if there’s a female lead or female subject matter (to be fair Marvel has since tried to bring in Ava Duvernay to direct Black Panther). It just seems silly to me. Gender should not be a qualification to direct a movie, but I digress.
If I were a betting man I would eliminate Bigelow from the discussion. She is an Oscar winner and has been focusing more on serious, prestigious drama/thriller material. While comic book movie are now drawing top acting and directing talent, I think most prominent directors would turn up their noses at the prospect of a “video game movie” until a few are more well received critically. We’ll see how it ultimately pans out.
What do you think about a Tomb Raider reboot? Do you like Kathryn Bigelow, Catherine Hardwicke or Mimi Leder as possible directors? Chime in below.