Copyright 2001 www.tombraiderchronicles.com Source: New York Daily News

[ May 1st 2001 ]

New York Daily News runs this report on Paramount Pictures upcoming $100m Tomb Raider movie:

From "Charlie's Angels" to "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," more and more movies are acknowledging the fact that kicking butt isn't just a male prerogative. Right now, you probably think of Lara Croft as nothing more than the video-game vixen your preteen nephew drools over. But "Tomb Raider's" producer, Larry Gordon, promises that will change with the release of this live-action film based on the phenomenally popular game of the same name. "Even if you've never heard of the game, you'll still get the same wild ride," he says. Paramount is counting heavily on the star appeal of Jolie, who's playing Croft as a female cross between James Bond and Indiana Jones.

The story concerns Croft's attempts to thwart a group of evil men planning to gain God-like control over the Earth. But what matters most, of course, is Jolie herself. Last century's action heroes Stallone, Schwarzenegger, Willis have lately either flopped or gone sensitive. And Gordon, for one, thinks it's high time the genre had a new face. "There's absolutely nothing Angelina can't do," he says. "And what's more, she's better-looking than all those guys who came before her combined."

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