Exclusive: Graham King on the Tomb Raider Reboot

When he brought up the reboot of Tomb Raider he’s working on with Iron Man writers Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, we wondered about the decision considering the reaction to the previous two movies starring Angelina Jolie. (Ironically, King also produced Jolie’s directorial debut In the Land of Blood & Honey, which will be released by FilmDistrict next month.)

He gave us some idea on the direction they plan to take, which is definitely more along the lines of Casino Royale or Batman Begins:

“Listen, the box office, they weren’t disasters but I find it interesting that the story that we’re telling is really the story before she became Lara Croft, so it is a character piece. It does have a lot of really great characters, but it’s a lot of action and a lot of fun, and for me, it’s something very different. I’ve not really done a movie like that before, but I really gravitated to rebooting this franchise and we’re going to give it a shot.”

Considering how two of the best studio action movies this year, Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class and Rupert Wyatt’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes, took a similar approach, it certainly seems like a smart way to go, and here’s hoping King is able to find the right director and ever-important actress soon to get this thing rolling forward.

Look for the rest of our interview with King soon. Hugo comes out in many places on Wednesday, November 23.