Warners Brothers and producer Dan Lin are in early development on a reboot of Tomb Raider, a movie based on the popular video-game action franchise featuring Lara Croft, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The new project is expected to revamp the character and her mission and bear little resemblance to the two Paramount movies also based on the game, 2001's Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and 2003's Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, which featured Angelina Jolie in the title role.
The new film will reimagine the origins of the character, her love interest and the main villain, the trade paper reported.
As an open-writing assignment, the project is still in its nascent stages. An actress who could play the role Jolie made famous would likely come on after a writer and director are attached. (Rumors that Transformers star Megan Fox would put on the shorts and boots were shot down by her representatives.)
Rights to the game reverted to game publisher Eidos. When Time Warner upped its stake to 19.92 percent in Eidos in December, film rights to the property were included as part of the deal. A 10th-anniversary edition of Tomb Raider was released in 2006.
Lin will produce the project via his Lin Pictures banner, while Stephen Gilchrist will co-produce; Ian Livingstone of Eidos will executive-produce.