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TOMB RAIDER to shoot at Angkor Watt!!!!!

Published at: Oct. 20, 2000, 6:08 a.m. CST

Hey folks Harry here... Ever since I was a small small child (and I haven't been small in a long time) I have wanted to visit a place on this planet called Angkor Watt. I remember sitting in my Elementary School Library at ROBERT E LEE ELEMENTARY in Austin, enthralled looking at a book titled something like, THE GREAT MYSTERIES or MYSTERIES FROM LONG AGO.... something like that... Anyway, I was fascinated because the book had images from Tikal in Guatemala and Palenque in the Yucatan in Mexico... both of which I had traveled to. The Egyptian Pyramids were so clean and dusty and without vegetation... the magic of a canopy of green life... And then there was Angkor Watt... Somewhere so far I could not even imagine its existance. Well now, TOMB RAIDER is shooting there, and I'm officially very very very excited about the shoot and the film. I've included some Angkor Watt images to give you an idea of what this is... Here ya go...







Hi Harry, thought you'd be interested in this. Reuters is reporting that the government of Cambodia has given permission for Paramount to shoot some scenes for Tomb Raider at Angkor Wat, the most elaborate and spectacular Buddhist temple complex in the world. I've never been there, but I've seen tons of pictures (I'm a Buddhist *and* an archaeology student), and this will look EXTREMELY cool!







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  • Oct. 20, 2000, 6:32 a.m. CST

    Game to movies always do bad

    by Dapumkins

    Sorry for being cynical but they always do. I hope it at least has fighting like Mortal Kombat. Robert

  • Oct. 20, 2000, 6:40 a.m. CST

    trmovie

    by Glengarry

    this is a perfect location for Tombraider. It may rock, it may not. I won't know till I've seen it but I'm very excited. GG

  • Oct. 20, 2000, 8:14 a.m. CST

    er..... Mortal Kombat?

    by Opinionated

    that IS where they filmed 1 and 2 right? hmmmm, hope we don`t see a trend running here.

  • Oct. 20, 2000, 9:42 a.m. CST

    In the Mood for Love

    by Tingting

    Wasn't the ending to IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE shot at Angkor Wat as well? Hell, this place is becoming fashionable ...

  • Oct. 20, 2000, 11:59 a.m. CST

    Yayyyyy!

    by X-Girls

    oh fuck yeah! Angelina Jolie, Tomb Raider and all this...

  • Oct. 20, 2000, 1:52 p.m. CST

    It's Hindu, not Buddhist

    by jskerr

    Fascinating documentary on Discovery a month or two ago told as much history about the complex as could be discovered. They said it was a Hindu center and palace. Not that it matters much now; the whole place sat abandoned for centuries. Hard to believe.

  • Oct. 20, 2000, 2:13 p.m. CST

    Palace of the Ticks

    by Dark Predator

    I don't know if this is the only archeological site they shoot at, but Tikal (on the border of Belize and Guatamala) would be cool places too. I went to Belize last year and it was incredible, it seriously felt like Indiana Jones or Tomb Raider. Chunantanich and Chahal Pech were two sites I saw that would be awesome sites. I forget which one, but one of these two places name means "Palace (or place) of the ticks." (Unfortunately it's not the original Mayan name, but still "Palace of the Ticks" just sounds like a freakin' place to do a movie like Tomb Raider.)

  • Oct. 20, 2000, 2:14 p.m. CST

    this does look familiar...

    by B A Fett

    Isn't that where they filmed Mortal Kombat?

  • Oct. 20, 2000, 2:57 p.m. CST

    Xunantunich

    by Dark Predator

    For a cool look at Xunantunich (not the Palace of Ticks) here is a link: http://mayaruins.com/xunantunich/b2_048.html

  • Oct. 20, 2000, 3:36 p.m. CST

    Certainly a perfect setting.

    by superninja

    One of my goals in life is to visit every major archealogical discovery the world-over. Quit fighting over there in the Middle East! I want to see the Pyramids...

  • Oct. 20, 2000, 5:10 p.m. CST

    So Go to Egypt

    by Caitrin

    Superninja, my boss just got back from a tour of Jordan and Egypt. He found no trouble and reckons it is safe as houses. Nothing stopping you going, except maybe the air fare.

  • Oct. 20, 2000, 6:41 p.m. CST

    The settings look nice

    by Radd

    Lets hope the script is good too. As for videogame movies doing bad...well Mortal Kombat didn't do so bad in the box office, did it? I personally think Super Mario Bros. got shafted, it was actually a funny movie, it was just weird. I guess most people didn't want anything to do with it because it was Mario, and those that did want to see it were dissapointed that it wasn't a direct representation of Mario, Luigi and the Mushroom Kingdom. Wich I can understand to a degree. I think the problem with most videogame movies is that they try to take a game with little story and then instead of trying to make it a good story, they concentrate on all the wrong parts. Take Street Fighter, hardly a deep game, yeah the characters have some story but not all that much, and then the movie comes out and it barely takes into consideration what story there is, puts characters in all the wrong roles, and then has everyone in stupid costumes to boot. High hopes for the Final Fantasy movie though, at least in that case the story comes first and they're writing everything from scratch instead of trying to piecemeal one or more of the previous games wich in themselves are unrelated.

  • Oct. 21, 2000, 3:08 a.m. CST

    BIG FUCKING DEAL!

    by Yes, Have Some

    Holy Christ man! Ease the fuck up. Everything's way too important to you. It's always "a very personal experience". This news doesn't warrant one exclamation, let alone three. Most people probably don't even know or care where or what the hell a whatever the fuck it's called is.

  • Oct. 21, 2000, 3:11 a.m. CST

    Oh, sorry. That's FIVE exclamation marks.

    by Yes, Have Some

    Nice.

  • Oct. 21, 2000, 5:29 a.m. CST

    <Homer voice:>Mmmmmmmmm- Angelina Jolie

    by Andymation

    She's so hot I actually consider renting "Gone In 60 Seconds" on video... OK, no-one's that hot, but... What was the topic again??? Oh yeah, uhm, great location, and, yeah, whoever said "just go to Egypt then, there's no real danger"...Right on! Ehm, don't really know what more to say, ehm... Loved the temple in "Ace Ventura 2!!!!! Hey you know what would be cool?? If they were to shoot at that big black thingee in Mecca, now why haven't anyone... Oh, wait!... Nevermind.

  • Oct. 21, 2000, 5:31 a.m. CST

    Oh, and those this mean the Oscar Academy will have to give the

    by Andymation

    Yeah, I know, it wasn't a tad funny.... GOD I SUCK!

  • Oct. 21, 2000, 7:19 a.m. CST

    by lance

    Yes they are filming there, but here's something for you. THEY AREN"T ALLOWED to fire any guns inside the temple although they can wear them. The Cambodian govt doesn't want Cambodia to be portrayed as a violent country as it was in THE KILLING FIELDS. Also, at the begining of TOMB RAIDER 4, there is a scene in ANKOR WATT, but it is when Lara was a young girl.

  • Oct. 21, 2000, 10:27 a.m. CST

    Hey ANDYMATION!!

    by heywired

    No, the academy would hunt down the reincarnated souls of those temple builders.

  • Oct. 21, 2000, 2:23 p.m. CST

    a karmic fine line

    by Dr. Sid Schaefer

    When my parents lived in Thailand, they had a buddhist maid who couldn't swat a fly; BUT, she could use fly spray. She justified it by saying that it was the fly's fault if it flew into it. Oh yea, I forgot this was about Tomb Raider. Sorry. By the way, what were the other "game" movies? The only ones I can think of are "Tron" and "Super Mario Bros."

  • Oct. 22, 2000, 7:45 p.m. CST

    Videogame movies

    by Radd

    Here's some and what I thought of them (if I saw them) Mortal Kombat (decent) Mario Bros. (Weird, funny movie) Samurai Showdown (Fairly crappy anime, dissapointed because I love the games) Double Dragon (Only seen bits of it, didn't look that great) Street Fighter (I saw enough, crap) Street Fighter II V (Fairly bland, generic anime) Street Fighter II anime movie (Worth a watch, but nothing special) Fatal Fury (anime, two of 'em I think. haven't seen them) Sonic (anime, Fairly good, better than either TV cartoon that came out over here) And that's all I can think of at the moment. Was Tron a game first? I thought it was a movie then a game?

  • Oct. 23, 2000, 2:49 p.m. CST

    RADD: Double Dragon the Movie-Starring, get this...Angelina Joli

    by Dark Predator

    Here is a coincidence. Angelina Jolie starred as Marian in Double Dragon. Double Dragon was a literally kick-a$$ game. The movie was so stupid it was actually kindof funny. Remember Abbobo? He was in there as this giant who was injected with this super-steroid that went all bad, so that his head swelled up. There was this hillarious scene in which Marian (Angelina Jolie) force feeds Abobo to reveal some secret. He doesn't give in, but Marian, Jimmy, and Billy all keep force feeding him till he explodes. It was gross but hilarious!

  • Oct. 23, 2000, 2:51 p.m. CST

    Or was it Cameron Diaz?

    by Dark Predator

    ???Well somebody hot, before they were famous.

  • Oct. 24, 2000, 4:01 p.m. CST

    Double Dragon

    by Wiitigo

    Hat eto tell you but the was Alyssa Milanoin that movie. Check it out at The Internet Database. ~Wiitigo~

  • Dec. 19, 2000, 1:21 p.m. CST

    No filming at Angkor

    by 1486

    since "Lord Jim" in 1964. So I don't think that any Mortal Kombat took place there. No trend running, if you ask me...