October 25, 2001
Movie Sequel Concerns
| October 23, 2001
dog the ''Tomb Raider'' sequel -- The film's producer questions whether
exotic location shoots could be putting cast and crew at risk
Even before ''Lara Croft: Tomb
Raider '' raked in $131 million at the box office, buzz had begun about
a sequel to the girl power action movie. But resurrecting the live
action version of the globe-trotting video game siren has not been easy.
First, producer Larry Gordon
needed to find a script strong enough to entice Oscar winner Angelina
Jolie, who demanded that any follow-up be ''100 times better'' than the
critically-panned original (EW slammed its ''powder-blast gymnastic
overkill in a vacuum'' with a grade of C). Though Gordon claims to have
met his first challenge, his problems getting ''Tomb Raider 2'' onto the
production fast track have just begun. ''We have a script, and Paramount
wants to make it,'' says Gordon. ''But people not wanting to shoot
overseas is now more of a concern.''
''Tomb Raider,'' filmed on
location in England, Iceland, and Cambodia's Angkor Wat temples, was
reportedly budgeted at $100 million. But since Sept. 11, the kind of
exotic locations that made the movie such impressive eye candy have lost
some of their appeal in Hollywood. ''Though now is probably the ideal
time to travel with security at the airports being beefed up, some
actors are going to be reluctant to hop on a plane,'' notes media
analyst Robert Bucksbaum of ReelSource.
Gordon, too, admits to feeling
a little skittish. ''I'm very concerned about the safety of the crew, of
me and Lloyd [Levin, his producing partner], and Angelina, and everyone
else,'' he says. ''If something happens in the world and things get
worse and you can't fly, well, you can't fly.'' (Paramount declined to
comment on the status of the project, but prior to Sept. 11 Jolie had
said that shooting might be rushed ahead to ensure a 2002 opening.)
DVD Region Code 2: November 26th
| October 16, 2001
TRNC can reveal the full
official special features of the hotly anticipated DVD of Lara Croft:
Tomb Raider! Paramount Home Entertainment will release the disc on 26
November, priced 31,51 Euro (£19.99 , Hfl.69,45 , DM 61,63,
FF 206,71 , $ 28,32), and less than two weeks after it hits the
shops in America.
Director Simon West shares his thoughts and anecdotes in an audio
commentary alongside five features. ‘Digging Into Tomb Raider’
interviews the stars and crew, ‘Crafting Lara Croft’ observes
Angelina Jolie’s punishing three month training regime, ‘The Stunts
Of Tomb Raider’ profiles the daredevil stunt work, ‘The Visual
Effects Of Tomb Raider’ studies the FX work a shot at a time, and
finally, ‘Are You Game’ is a retrospective documentary about
Lara’s incredible evolution from pixel princess to silver screen icon.
In addition anticipate four deleted scenes, an alternate version of the
main title sequence and the effects-heavy video for U2’s hit
‘Elevation.’ DVD-ROM content is still to be finalized but if the US
edition is anything to go by, expect ‘The Tomb Raider Timeline,’ a
three-level demo of ‘Tomb Raider Chronicles’ and the entire
theatrical Web site!
The icing on the cake is an Easter Egg of father and daughter – and
Tomb Raider co-stars – Angelina Jolie and Jon Voight.
So for people living in Region
Code 2 keep November 26th free.
The Next Generation News
| September 25, 2001
A little bit more
news was released on Tomb Raider "The Next Generation." It
seems a few rumours were confirmed. Here's a quick rundown of new facts.
game will be set in Paris
SURVIVE... WOW WHAT A SHOCKER
There will be
many installments to this edition
"in trouble." Don't ask me what that means, they aren't
giving much out.
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