TOMB RAIDER SEQUEL
GETS FILMING DATE
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[ June 11th 2002 ]
Pictures Tomb Raider sequel will begin filming
on August 26th at Pinewood Studios, London, and
on location in China and Africa with Speed director
Jan de Bont helming the Lara Croft franchise vehicle,
according to Film Jerk. Former Oscar winner Angelina
Jolie will return as buxom British gunslinger
Lara Croft sent to rescue the world from the exploits
of an evil Chinese crime syndicate led by oriental
crime lord Chen Lo.
Jolie, who recently concluded the adoption of
a Cambodian baby with singer Billy Bob Thornton,
only agreed to return on the provision that the
screen-play faired better than the original and
that day-care facilities would be in place to
avoid a two-month separation from baby Maddox.
Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (working
title) retains the acting services of Chris Barrie
as Lara's fussing companion Hillary. John Voight,
Jolie's real-life and on-screen father, has also
expressed an interest in resurrecting his role
from the grave.
movie rumour mill Dark Horizons also reports that
Turkish newspaper Milliyet anounced today that
due to "bureaucratic slowness" of the Turkish
Culture Department, the production has opted not
to shoot in the famous Middle Eastern country.
Several requests were made to the department for
permits to dive and shoot in the historically
protected Kekova-Ucagiz and Simena regions but
the sequences will now take place in Greece.
Simon West-helmed video-game adaptation garnered
more than $230 million in revenue worldwide, coining
$48 million during its domestic opening weekend
and remains the highest ever box-office earner
for a female-driven movie. That married with 30
million unit sales of a video-game featuring the
most successful female character in the history
of the industry produces the perfect ingredients
for a second indelible mark on the silver screen
and the Paramount bankroll.