As Hollywood tries to find the video game that will translate to a critically and commercially successful movie, they're going back to the well with a property they've tried before, Tomb Raider. Now, we know a bit about the story that will lead the film. While we're sure the story will see Lara Croft discovering ancient crypt and artifacts, what she'll apparently be searching for is a bit more personal.
Well this is kind of what we call a 'back to the roots story.' This is a young Lara Croft in search to see if her father is dead or alive, so it has a very emotional part to it and I think that's what Alicia [Vikander] found so interesting about it.
We knew that the new movie reboot would take the newest game series as inspiration, which sees a young Lara Croft on her first adventures learning how to fight and survive on her own. However, we didn't know exactly how that would translate into a feature film. Now, we have the first hint of information via HeyUGuys, as far as what the story will actually be dealing with. Traditionally Lara Croft's father is also a historian and amateur adventurer, she sort of gets it from him, so if we're staying with that idea, it would appear that he goes missing while on a quest of some kind and Lara goes after him. Lara Croft was always meant to be a female counterpart to Indiana Jones, but it would seem that the film might be using Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade as something of a template.
It would also appear that while the new movie is using the newest Tomb Raider games as inspiration, they're also going off on their own as far as the story. In the most recent game, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Lara's father has already passed away, having apparently committed suicide when Lara was a teenager, prior to any of the adventures that she goes on in the series. Apparently, the new movie will forge a unique timeline that is not directly attached to the games.
This is in contrast to other video game based movies, like next month's Assassin's Creed. Game publisher Ubisoft views the movie as part of the greater canon of the series. The movie is simply an additional adventure on top of the games.
It appears that the idea here is to ground the story in something that human in order to make it more relatable that a movie based on a video game might otherwise be. Alicia Vikander seemed to find something to grab ahold of in the story. Maybe Tomb Raider will be the movie that causes people to take video games seriously as a medium for storytelling.