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'Tomb Raider' o get reboot without Angelina Jolie

Updated: 2011-03-09 14:31

LOS ANGELES  – Lara Croft, the feisty heroine of one of the biggest video games from the 1990s, is once again getting the movie treatment.

Heavyweight producer Graham King ("The Departed") has acquired the feature film rights to "Tomb Raider" and will reboot the action-adventure franchise aiming for a 2013 release for the first film.

Angelina Jolie, the star of King's recent bomb "The Tourist," headlined two previous big-screen adaptations made by Paramount. "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider" (2001) and "Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life" (2003) grossed $432 million worldwide.

Sources said King's GK Films banner may be looking to do a Lara Croft origin story rather than continue her adventures. The company said it aims to "create daring new adventures for the young and dynamic Lara Croft." No writer has been hired yet.

The game was created in 1996 by Eidos, now part of entertainment group Square Enix. (In December, Enix subsidiary, Crystal Dynamics, said it was working on a new "Tomb Raider" game, this one based on the origins of Croft.) The rights lapsed back to Eidos in the late 2000s, with Warner Bros. in development of an iteration. That version, however, never got past the writing stage.