Graham King rebooting 'Tomb Raider' franchise

Graham King is bringing Lara Croft back to life in a reboot of the “Tomb Raider” film franchise. Pic is aimed at a 2013 release.

King and Tim Headington will produce via their GK Films banner, which announced Monday that it had acquired feature rights from Japanese vidgame company Square Enix Ltd.

“We are very excited to be rebooting what is already a hugely successful film franchise and continuing the Tomb Raider phenomenon,” King said.

The 15-year-old vidgame franchise is one of the most popular in the more than 35 million game units sold worldwide. Paramount produced a pair of films — 2001’s “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” and 2003’s “Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life,” both starring Angelina Jolie as the Brit archaeologist — with combined worldwide grosses totaling $432 million.

Monday’s announcement noted that Square Enix subsidiary Crystal Dynamics revealed a new Tomb Raider game in December based on the origins of the Lara Croft story.

Grey Rembert will oversee “Tomb Raider” for GK Films.

British gamemaker Eidos launched the first Tomb Raider game in 1996 as a series of tombs through which players guide Lara Croft on a dangerous journey. Warner Bros., which owned 20% of Eidos, had launched development of a Tomb Raider project several years ago with Dan Lin producing, but the feature rights went to Square Enix after Eidos agreed in 2009 to be purchased by Square Enix for $120 million.

GK Films is a producer on “The Town,” “The Tourist” and “Rango.” It’s in post-production on the 3D family film “Hugo Cabret,” directed by Martin Scorsese and an untitled love story, written and directed by Jolie.

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