When people talk about how video game adaptations have never worked on the big screen before, they’re usually talking about a specific number of failed franchises. Right near the top of that list usually too, is the laughably-bad Angelina Jolie-led Tomb Raider films. Based off of one of the most beloved video game titles of all time too, and with an almost photo realistic casting of Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft, the films definitely had the potential to be the kind of adventurous and fun movies that I think fans were hoping for.
They weren’t. To say the least.
However, a reboot of the popular franchise has been in the works for a number of years now, and after a recent list of possible directors came out just a few months ago, it looks like the film has finally found its director.
According to a new report by THR, the Tomb Raider reboot will be directed by Roar Uthaug, the Norwegian filmmaker behind films like Cold Prey, and the recent disaster film, The Wave. The report also states that Geneva Robertson-Dworet, who penned the black list script Hibernation, and is a co-writer on Transformers 5, is also in talks to pen the film’s screenplay. The film would be Uthaug’s first English feature, and there has been no word on who the studio might be looking at to play the live-action version of Croft.
After five years in development hell, I guess this was bound to happen sooner or later. However, after the video game franchise has just recently found new life in the 2013 self-titled reboot, and this year’s Rise of the Tomb Raider, it is interesting that the film has finally begun to gain traction again, and it’s no doubt in part to the franchise’s recent comeback.
I’m not familiar enough with Uthaug’s past work to really cast any judgement on him as the director, but as someone who’s fallen in love with the two most recent Tomb Raider games, I hope that the reboot is able to strike the same kind of adventurous tone and pacing as its video game counterparts. The reboot will reportedly tell the story of Croft’s first adventure, and after the 2013 installment already gave us an enthralling and fun origin story for the character, it’ll be interesting to see how much the film reboot might take from some of the already-established material.
The Tomb Raider reboot is currently in development.
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