Two movie franchises are making their way back to the big screen.
Film fans and gamers alike will welcome the news, as it seems that either can’t get enough of seeing their heroes in a variety of formats.
There’s no doubt about it: video game movies based around female heroes (Tomb Raider, Silent Hill, Resident Evil) have outperformed their male-orientated counterparts — just look at Prince of Persia, Hitman, or Max Payne.
Lara Croft is perhaps the most famous female action hero of all, and the British archaeologist will once again don the iconic tank top and military pants when she faces another adventure in the upcoming Warner Brothers/MGM reboot of Tomb Raider.
Croft has been featured in a number of games and her popularity has proven Tomb Raider to be among the most successful video game/movie crossovers, but it doesn’t stop there. The archaeological theme has made Rich Wilde and the Book of Dead slot game popular in UK and abroad, closely following the themes of Hunted and Tomb Raider in becoming one of the most popular iGames online.
The next movie in the franchise will appear in movie theatres in 2018, with Oscar-winner Alicia Vikander in the role previously portrayed by Angelina Jolie. Vikander has shot to fame in recent years after starring in acclaimed movies such as Ex Machina and The Danish Girl. Fans of the recent video games will be glad to hear that the reboot most closely adheres to the style of 2013’s Tomb Raider.
Lara Croft goes back to her roots
The Angelina Jolie Tomb Raider movies weren’t origin stories, whereas the reboot delves into the past in a bid to breathe new life into the franchise. It’s hard to say exactly what we can expect from this origin story, however. It may well do what Batman Begins did for the Batman franchise and what Casino Royale did for James Bond. Both movies produced an hour of origin material before heading into action-adventure style storytelling with fully-formed versions of the main characters.
The Angelina Jolie movies saw the hero jump straight into the action, not unlike The Legend of Tarzan or Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes movies, although the former did feature numerous flashbacks. The more recently released Wonder Woman is an example of a movie that splits the difference between an origin story and a standard action-adventure movie.
The second movie in the previous instalments, Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life was released in 2003, which means that it is now over 14 years since we hast saw Lara Croft on the big screen. The wait is almost over, however with the reboot to reach cinemas in March 2018. When a new game arrives remains to be seen and might well be accelerated by box office success here.
Hellboy gets the dark treatment
Another franchise, again popular among video gamers and moviegoers alike is Hellboy. While franchises such as Tomb Raider are based on video games, the Hellboy movies were the inspiration for the popular Hellboy: The Science of Evil game, released in 2008.
For close to 10 years, fans of Hellboy waited to find out if filmmaker Guillermo del Toro would finally get behind the camera for Hellboy 3. He never did, and instead, we can expect a reboot with David Harbour of Stranger Things fame getting into the role of the Dark Horse Comics character.
It looks like the franchise will be headed in another direction, as this will be an R-rated movie, as opposed to its PG-13 predecessors. Harbour says that the protagonist will also be painted in a more complex light, as they wanted to do their own take on the character, although he will have the same complicated sensibility. It appears as though the creative team for the reboot will be forcing Hellboy to face his emotional demons, in line with the more gruesome and darker vision that was previously penned by co-writer Andrew Cosby.
Gamers will wait with baited breath to see what these reincarnations mean for the gaming world and whether, off the back of these titles, a host of new games can be expected.