Back in April, we learned that Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina, The Danish Girl) had been tapped by Warner Bros. and MGM Studios to star in a reboot of the Tomb Raider franchise, and it sounds like they’re eager to get the project moving: THR is reporting that the film has been penciled in for release on March 16, 2018.
If that date sounds familiar, that’s because it had originally belonged to an untitled DC project which many had speculated would be the upcoming solo adventure for The Flash, directed by Rick Famuyima. But regardless what Warner Bros. had planned initially, that spot on the calendar now belongs to Vikander and her shiny new franchise.
The upcoming Tomb Raider film will be based on the 2013 video game, which itself was a reboot that breathed new life into the long-running series, garnering tremendous critical acclaim and selling more than 8.5 million copies to become the franchise’s most successful entry to date. Vikander will portray intrepid adventurer Lara Croft, a skilled treasure hunter and archaeologist who finds herself stranded on a remote island while trying to locate a legendary lost civilization.
Paramount Pictures released the original films, which starred Angelina Jolie in the title role, and while the first installment grossed an impressive $274 million worldwide, the follow-up was a box office disaster, failing to recoup its production budget in the US and finishing its run more than $100 million below its predecessor. With results like that, it’s hard to blame the studio for relinquishing the rights back in 2011.
The film will be directed by Roar Uthuag, who recently helmed well-received Norwegian disaster flick The Wave before being scooped up by Warner Bros. and MGM to shepherd this new version of Tomb Raider to the big screen. No word yet on when production is scheduled to begin, but it likely won’t be until sometime early next year – we haven’t heard anything about a completed draft yet, so the project is likely still in the early stages, and should begin to firm up toward the end of this year.
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