New prequel game's gonna bring Lara Croft back to the big screen

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Mar 5, 2013, 10:43 AM EST

One of the only female action heroes is making her long-awaited return.

Crystal Dynamics found a huge hit with Tomb Raider back in 1996. The often-uninspiring sequels may have diluted the brand, but they still managed to spin off into two reasonably successful feature flims starring Angelina Jolie. Now Lara Croft is back in a brand-new game that tells the story of how she became the confident and powerful woman she is. Even though the game was only just released, the positive response from critics has been so overwhelming that talks for a new movie have already begun.

Darrell Gallagher, head of Crystal Dynamics, confirmed that they are already working with GK Films to reboot the film franchise.

They are working from this new take that we’ve given them… It’s a good partnership. We’re seeing the challenges through the same lens. It was important for both of us to have a cohesive version of the franchise… We didn’t want to see a film version that was a continuation of the old Tomb Raider films.

What's really interesting about the Tomb Raider prequel is that, many months prior to its release, there was quite a backlash regarding some of the game's content. Rumors had begun to leak that Lara spent much of  the time experiencing a great deal of violent male aggression in a way that seemed excessive to the point of misogyny. This was especially surprising considering this was the first Tomb Raider game to be penned by a woman, Rhianna Pratchett.

Having endured the backlash, both Pratchett and the new Tomb Raider game seem to have emerged from the fire no worse for wear. In fact, it seems as though the series is experiencing a critical success on a level they have not seen in more than 15 years. Maybe Paratchett ought to pen the script, too?

And never mind the script: If not Angelina Jolie -- who should play Lara Croft?

(via Variety)