Eidos' Ian Livingstone has revealed that the company is in talks with Paramount about a third Tomb Raider film. Before you get too excited though, beware that it's very much in the planning stages.
"Nothing's been signed yet and we still need to hire a script writer," said Livingstone in an interview published on Eurogamer today.
"The film's not been green lit yet, so for me it'd be ideal to tie in a movie script with a game script at the same time, to have them both in harmony rather than out of kilter - which has happened in the past."
Speaking of the past, this isn't the first we've heard of a third silver-screen outing for Lara - in the past, actress Angelina Jolie is said to have expressed an interest in reprising the role, while Chris Barrie, who also appeared in films 1 and 2, told a UK newspaper that a third film was "on the slate" in an interview last year.
Eidos feels that Lara Croft has been fully rejuvenated by the success of Tomb Raider: Legend, handled by Crystal Dynamics rather than UK-based Core Design, who Livingstone confesses were a bit worn out by the experience of making six Tomb Raider games in a row.
The development veteran was speaking prior to next week's Edinburgh Interactive Entertainment Festival address, where his main focus will be a screening called The Legend of Lara Croft - a "complete history" of Lara, "from the very early designs right through to Tomb Raider: Legend, and a little glimpse of what's happening in the future".