The film's producer questions whether exotic location shoots could be putting cast and crew at risk

By Liane Bonin
Updated October 26, 2001 at 04:00 AM EDT

Even before ”Lara Croft: Tomb Raider ” raked in $131 million at the box office, buzz had begun about a sequel to the girl power action movie. But resurrecting the live action version of the globe-trotting video game siren has not been easy.

First, producer Larry Gordon needed to find a script strong enough to entice Oscar winner Angelina Jolie, who demanded that any follow-up be ”100 times better” than the critically-panned original (EW slammed its ”powder-blast gymnastic overkill in a vacuum” with a grade of C). Though Gordon claims to have met his first challenge, his problems getting ”Tomb Raider 2” onto the production fast track have just begun. ”We have a script, and Paramount wants to make it,” says Gordon. ”But people not wanting to shoot overseas is now more of a concern.”

”Tomb Raider,” filmed on location in England, Iceland, and Cambodia’s Angkor Wat temples, was reportedly budgeted at $100 million. But since Sept. 11, the kind of exotic locations that made the movie such impressive eye candy have lost some of their appeal in Hollywood. ”Though now is probably the ideal time to travel with security at the airports being beefed up, some actors are going to be reluctant to hop on a plane,” notes media analyst Robert Bucksbaum of ReelSource.

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