Executives from game publisher Eidos recently hinted they might revive the flagging Tomb Raider franchise by dropping the game’s “teen” rating for “mature,” allowing the company to add a lot more racy content to the game. And Exhibit A of the new, sexier Lara Croft was to be Hollywood starlet Megan Fox, reported to take over the role from Angelina Jolie.
Except one problem: Last night Megan’s reps told io9 “she’s not involved in the [Tomb Raider] movie at all.”
Signing Megan, who was a huge following of slavishly loyal fans, would have been a nice boost for Eidos. But then, any new Tomb Raider movie not only now lacks a Lara, it also lacks a director or official Hollywood backing. (But Time Warner (TWX) upping its stake in Eidos could hint a movie might come.)
In the short term, Eidos is going to have to save Tomb Raider the old-fashioned way: With good gameplay. But we can’t help but wonder — If neither Angelina nor Megan will play Lara Croft, who else is woman enough for the role?
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