Last year, Warner Brothers and MGM released ‘Tomb Raider’, directed by Roar Uthaug, and starring Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft, the adventurer made famous in the popular video game series. Of course, Angelina Jolie previously starred as Croft in two movies, 2001’s ‘Tomb Raider’ and 2003’s ‘Tomb Raider: The Circle of Life’. The new film received mixed reviews and failed to open at #1, landing at #2 behind ‘Black Panther’ which was in its fifth weekend. In fact, the new ‘Tomb Raider’ made less money in its first weekend than either of the Jolie-starring films.
It went on to only generate $58 million in the US, on a budget of $94 million, but overseas it made an additional $216 million, bringing its total to $274 million, which is why the studios are looking to make another one.
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You’d think that was the least we’d hear about this attempted reboot, but no. WB and MGM have hired Amy Jump to pen a screenplay for a sequel. Geneva Robertson-Dworet and Alastair Siddons wrote the script for the first. Jump last wrote the screenplay for ‘Free Fire’, ‘High-Rise’, ‘A Field in England’, ‘Sightseers’, and ‘Kill List’, all of which were directed by Ben Wheatley. The subject matter ranges from action-comedy to horror. ‘Free Fire’ starred Sharlto Copley, Armie Hammer, Brie Larson, and Cillian Murphy. Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller, Luke Evans, and Elisabeth Moss starred in ‘High-Rise’. Jump and Wheatley are also collaborating once again on ‘Freak Shift’, an action-horror about a gang of misfits battling subterranean monsters. The pair’s films are cult favorites in their native England, and may be worth checking out for American genre fans.
A director was not announced for ‘Tomb Raider’, but if it’s not Wheatley, this will be the first film that Jump has written for a different director. Because the first film underperformed, it’s likely that the studio will seek someone other than Uthaug.
While it hasn’t been confirmed, it is likely that Vikander will return as Lara Croft, as studios tend to sign its franchise stars on for multiple pictures.
Are you excited that ‘Tomb Raider’ is getting another shot?