Tomb Raider reboot finds director and writer
In the last few years, Lara Croft and the Tomb Raider franchise has been successfully rebooted in the video game world, so it should come as no surprise to hear that her cinematic rebirth has finally gained some traction.
EW has confirmed that the long-awaited new Tomb Raider has found a director in Roar Uthaug, a Norwegian filmmaker whose latest film is the disaster flick The Wave. The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.
In addition to Uthaug, the film also has a writer, Geneva Robertson-Dworet, in talks to pen the screenplay. Since landing on the 2012 Blacklist for the script she co-wrote, Hibernation, Robertson-Dworet landed one of the slots in the Transformers writers room.
Oscar winner Graham King (The Departed) is producing.
A new Tomb Raider film has been in development for the last few years, but the timing seems right, with the announcement coming just weeks after the release of the latest game in the series, Rise of the Tomb Raider. Since the franchise rebooted in 2013, the character of Lara Croft has lost much of the resemblance to Angelina Jolie in the first two films based on the games. The new Croft is rougher, equal parts Katniss Everdeen and Indiana Jones.