Reboots Abound, and Buffy + Tomb Raider = Awesome
There’s a certain part of me that’s disgusted by the number of reboots we see these days. On the other hand, there’s another part of me that’s happy about the phenomenon when it’s done well. A case in point are the first two Christopher Nolan Batman movies. I’m told, but haven’t seen myself, that Ms. Noxon’s reboot of Fright Night was also exceptionally well done. On the point of Noxon’s previous work, I’ve long found her to be an exceptionally talented writer, and always looked out for her episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer when I eventually watched that show on DVD. So I, for one, am on the verge of overjoyed that she’ll be penning the script for the next incarnation of Tomb Raider on the big screen, as reported by Variety. More details and thoughts after the break. Let me know what you think in the comments!
One of the things I think Tomb Raider will benefit greatly from is a writer who can color her in as a real person rather than merely a sex symbol or cardboard cutout “rich adventurer” type. Based on her work on Buffy, it seems likely she’ll be able to integrate all these facets of character into her representation of Lara Croft. Lara, like Buffy, is a genuinely heroic character, especially as portrayed in Square Enix’s recent Tomb Raider reboot. But she’s also a human being, subject to the same frailties as any other person, and it’s in large part the way a heroic character faces and overcomes those frailties that leads to the emergence of the “hero within,” as I like to think of them. Part of the problem of earlier incarnations of heroic characters, and why they don’t work as often with our modern sensibilities, is that rather than being heroic because of their ability to overcome trial and weakness, those old fashioned heroes were often written in such a way that they simply didn’t have any weakness, just heroism. The problem with that approach, of course, is that it’s completely unrelatable. Admirable, yes, but it’s hard to connect with heroes who are such paragons of virtue that most of us can’t see a way to reach such a level of virtue.
Hopefully, then, we’ll see Marti Noxon’s Tomb Raider feature a Lara Croft who’s riddled with her own complexity and struggles, and whose inner hero emerges as she learns to face and overcome her flaws.