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[ September 18th 2000 ]

As the Eidos Interactive NASDAQ share price continues its roller coaster ride across the worlds technical markets, IGN Movies reports more financial speculation, but this time concerning what Eidos' stake in the upcoming Paramount movie Tomb Raider would be. Lara Croft movies. Eidos see the main benefit of these as a $200m worth of free advertising. They do have rights to a small percentage of the gross take (I wasn't told, and didn't ask, what 'small' means) so there is some cash in it for Eidos too. Paramount are committed to spending $80m in production costs, and will probably in fact spend $100m.

"Paramount want a movie franchise (of Die Hard, Mission Impossible, etc), and they hope that TR may give them that. They have signed [lead actress Angelina] Jolie for 3 movies, but they are not necessarily all going to be TR: that depends on how well TR1 goes. "I'm not sure whether it is driven by Paramount or Eidos, but there was talk of interest in movies of other games, Fear Effect and Deus Ex being mentioned. I guess that the more the console games approach video quality, the better the potential for a movie."

So we can glean a few financial and production facts out of this as well. Tomb Raider will probably cost about $100 million to produce and market, pushing it towards the expensive end of the blockbuster movie cost scale. Angelina Jolie is signed on for three Paramount movies regardless of whether they all are Tomb Raider films or not.

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