And much like next year's video game reboot, the movie will be an origins story of kinds.

Producer Graham King spilled the beans in an interview with Coming Soon, promising that while the film will still include plenty of action, it will serve as a "character piece" above all.

"Listen, the [previous Tomb Raider films] weren't disasters but I find it interesting that the story that we're telling is really the story before she became Lara Croft, so it is a character piece," he said.

"It does have a lot of really great characters, but it's a lot of action and a lot of fun, and for me, it's something very different. I've not really done a movie like that before, but I really gravitated to rebooting this franchise and we're going to give it a shot."

The script's being penned by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby of Iron Man fame. The duo's intention is to write an "origin story for Lara Croft that solidifies her place alongside Ellen Ripley and Sarah Connor in the pantheon of great female action heroes". Lofty aims, then.

The movie's currently slated for release in 2013. There's no word on who will fill the role of Lara Croft.