Copyright 2003

[ October 17th 2003 ]

Following the mediocre box office performance of Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle Of Life, the second of three proposed movies staring computer video-game heroine Lara Croft, Hollywood superstar Angelina Jolie has cast doubt over whether Paramount Pictures will bankroll a third motion pic during a recent interview. "I'm filming Alexander in Pinewood, England, right now with Colin Farrell and Val Kilmer. I don't think there will be a Tomb Raider 3, but I'm trying to do as much as I can right now. Then I'll have another baby, and then I'll take some time off and learn to fly a plane."

Paramount Pictures cited the mediocre performance of Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Angel Of Darkness as possible cause for the failure of Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle Of Life at the U.S. box office in July when the Angelina Jolie driven motion picture netted just 21.7 million and ranked fourth. The pic, armed with its usual armada of commercial partners to help ensure a degree of success, also came under heavy criticism although most argued the sequel faired marginally better than the original.

Of course the disappointing box office return had nothing to do with a promotional dispute between Paramount Pictures and Regal Entertainment Group that resulted in Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle Of Life being pulled from 47 theatre complexes across the U.S by Viacom owned Paramount Pictures. The point on contention being the placement of an actual Rubicon Wrangler Jeep parked in theatre foyers and Regal Entertainment Group lobbying for some type of financial compensation for third party advertising.

Jolie, currently shooting in England alongside Colin Farrel and Val Kilmer, also confirmed the adoption of her second baby. "I'd like more kids, so I'm beginning the adoption process again at the moment. When Maddox starts school will probably be the best time, and I'm trying to figure out how I can balance it all. It's hard having a child and working. I'd love to have seven kids, but I want to make sure I can do it."

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