TOMB RAIDER MOTION
Copyright 2000 Paramount Pictures
[ August 1st 2000 ]
Pictures' eagerly anticipated screen version of
"Tomb Raider," starring Academy Award(R) winner
Angelina Jolie, has begun principal photography
in London. Directed by Simon West ("The General's
Daughter," "Con Air"), the live-action feature
film is inspired by the most popular interactive
video character in history -- Lara Croft. Beautiful
and brainy, Lara is the heroine of Eidos Interactive's
phenomenally successful "Tomb Raider" video game
is produced by Lawrence Gordon ("Die Hard," "Predator,"
"48 Hours"), Lloyd Levin ("Boogie Nights") and
Colin Wilson ("Jurassic Park: The Lost World").
Charles Cornwall, Eidos' chief executive officer,
is the executive producer, and Bobby Klein is
the co-producer. The screenplay is by Patrick
Massett & John Zinman and Simon West. "Tomb Raider"
will be released by Paramount Pictures in the
summer of 2001. Says director Simon West, "Lara
Croft is the greatest female action adventure
heroine of our time, perhaps of all time. This
is a unique opportunity to develop her personality
and bring her to a wider audience. The prospect
of bringing Lara to life while putting a fresh
spin on this genre is very exciting."
producer Lloyd Levin, "'Tomb Raider' and its heroine,
Lara Croft, is a worldwide cultural phenomenon,
rich in character, story and a cutting edge sensibility
that's begging to be made into a movie." Producer
Lawrence Gordon comments, "With Angelina Jolie
we have the perfect marriage of actress and character."
The arch villain in the film, Powell, adversary
of Lara Croft's father, Lord Croft, and now Lara's
sworn enemy, will be played by the gifted stage
and screen actor Iain Glen. Glen was Nicole Kidman's
leading man when she made her stage debut in London
in "The Blue Room." The award winning Scottish
actor's previous films include "Gorillas in the
Mist," "Mountains of the Moon," "Silent Scream,"
and "Fools of Fortune."
Croft's occasional accomplice is played by Daniel
Craig, the fast- rising young actor whose recent
films include "Elizabeth," "I Dreamed of Africa,"
"Some Voices," and "Hotel Splendide." Veteran
Leslie Phillips, whose film career spans six decades,
has been cast as Wilson, a former admirer of Lord
Croft who has now turned against him and joined
forces with Powell. Further casting will be announced
shortly. The cast and crew will travel to distant
Cambodia and Iceland for exterior sequences, as
well as working on famous London locations. They
will also shoot on the soundstages of Pinewood
Studios, outside London, where the world of Lara
Croft is being created in stunning scale.
the massive 007 stage (the biggest soundstage
in Europe) is the kind of awesome set that is
guaranteed to excite, where a fiendish battle
to the death will be fought. On another stage
the splendid Croft mansion is rising phoenix-like,
a credit to the master craftsmen who are creating
it. In computer-filled offices at Pinewood Studios,
visuals are emerging to bring the world's most
popular interactive video character to life. Preparing
for the role of her career to date, Angelina Jolie
embarked on a strenuous training routine -- incorporating
gymnastics, bungee jumping, weapons, motorcycle
riding, kick boxing, martial arts and weights.
In addition to the Oscar(R), "Girl, Interrupted"
also brought Angelina Jolie her third Golden Globe
Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award.
her first Golden Globe Award for TNT's "George
Wallace" and her second for HBO's "Gia." The latter
two also brought her Emmy Award nominations. Since
winning the Oscar(R), Jolie has starred with Nicolas
Cage in the hit, "Gone In Sixty Seconds," and
she has completed "Original Sin" with Antonio
Banderas. Prior to "Girl, Interrupted," Jolie
co-starred in "The Bone Collector," "Pushing Tin"
and "Playing By Heart," for which she was awarded
the Breakthrough Performance Award by the National
Board of Review. Jolie also co-starred in "Playing
God" and starred in "Foxfire," "Hackers" and Hallmark
Hall of Fame's "True Women."
winning director Simon West was born in Britain
but has, in recent years, worked largely from
the United States. He views "Tomb Raider" as an
opportunity to return to his homeland for the
kind of international roller coaster that shows
British technicians and expertise at their finest.
One of Britain's most experienced producers, Chris
Kenny ("Batman," "Empire of the Sun"), takes on
the job of Unit Production Manager, and the filmmakers
have attracted a roster of experienced and creative
technicians: production designer Kirk Petruccelli
("The Patriot," "Mystery Men," "Murder In The
First") with his supervising art directors Leslie
Tomkins and John Fenner and a gifted crew are
bringing the script to life. Australian Peter
Menzies, Jr. ("The General's Daughter," "A Time
To Kill," "Die Hard With A Vengeance") is the
director of photography.
designer Lindy Hemming won an Oscar(R) for Mike
Leigh's "Topsy Turvy" (other credits include "The
World Is Not Enough," "Tomorrow Never Dies," "GoldenEye,"
"Four Weddings And A Funeral"). The stunt coordinator
is Simon Crane ("The World Is Not Enough," "Saving
Private Ryan," "Titanic"). The special effects
supervisor is Chris Corbould ("The World Is Not
Enough," "The Mummy," "Tomorrow Never Dies").
Glen Scantlebury ("The General's Daughter," "Armageddon,"
"Con Air," "Bram Stoker's Dracula") is the editor.
Croft has become a worldwide phenomenon since
her debut in 1996. She is the first female to
star in her own action game series, which comprises
the original "Tomb Raider" along with "Tomb Raider
II," "Tomb Raider III: The Adventures of Lara
Croft" and the recent "Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation."
With total sales reaching 21 million units, the
games have each topped the PlayStation and PC
game best-seller lists. Assertive, resourceful
and independent, Lara is the first virtual celebrity
to hold her own in a world of flesh and blood,
non-virtual stars. She's appeared on more than
200 magazine covers around the globe; Time magazine
featured her in a major story in December 1999;
and she has graced the pages of Newsweek, Rolling
Stone, and Entertainment Weekly's "It" issue (which
feted the 100 most creative people in entertainment).
Details magazine heralded Lara as one of the "Sexiest
Women of the Year" (the only virtual celebrity
so chosen), and The Times of London recently devoted
a special 16-page supplement to her. Time Digital
included Lara on a list of the 50 cyber-elite
in America, ranking her among Bill Gates, Andy
Grove, Steve Jobs and George Lucas. In addition,
Lara has pitched products on television commercials
in the U.S., Europe and Asia; she is the subject
of more than 1,000 internet fan sites, each created
independently of Eidos; and merchandise -- including
11 different action figures, t-shirts, candy bars
and a monthly comic book. In all, total game sales
and related merchandise has generated $500 million
in sales. Her success has inspired the world-famous
Elite Modeling Agency to devote an entire division
to developing virtual models, and other companies
are now following suit.