Paul W.S. Anderson and Milla Jovovich’s Hollywood adaptation of Capcom’s Monster Hunter has been confirmed for Fall 2020. With Anderson having made the Resident Evil movies an excuse to make his wife look cool and sexy while earning a fortune, there’s very little reason to be optimistic about Monster Hunter (especially after seeing the set photos Jovovich uploaded to Instagram).
However, while video game movies have a deserved reputation for being poor imitations, Alicia Vikander’s recent portrayal of Square Enix’s modern Tomb Raider crossed the line of proverbial garbage to something half-decent. So, with that being said, can we expect the Swedish Vikander to do her best British impersonation again as one of gaming’s most iconic heroines?
Unfortunately, if Warner Bros. do decide to make another Tomb Raider movie, it likely won’t be happening with the Oscar-winning Alicia Vikander. According to Movie Web, “the studio doesn’t want to make a sequel, at least with her”. This is a shame because, although Vikander didn’t possess Angelina Jolie’s over-the-top charisma and sex appeal, she did capture Lara’s vulnerability, and she brought a lot of courage and genuine feistiness to the role with her willingness to transform her body into a temple of muscles.
While disappointing, it’s also not surprising. Despite being an average flick that looked like a masterpiece compared to Michael Fassbender’s Assassin’s Creed, at the time of release Tomb Raider was – domestically – a box office flop raking in only $42 million. With the film’s budget having been a modest $94 million, you can probably guess why Warner Bros. aren’t itching to make another Tomb Raider any time soon.
In news pertaining to the Tomb Raider video games, Shadow Of The Tomb Raider and Lara Croft’s "best" adventure yet have both joined February’s Xbox Game Pass. There’s also a Shadow Of The Tomb Raider mod that recaptures Lara’s sex appeal, and Square Enix has announced a new costume for Lara’s modern finale that finally doesn’t involve flip flops.