‘Tomb Raider’ Reboot Finally Finds a Director

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Lara Croft has gone on all sorts of wild adventures, but one in particular has eluded her for a long time: a trip to the big screen. Warner Bros. and MGM have been trying for years to adapt the video game series into a movie, and today they’ve taken one big step toward finally making it happen. Norwegian director Roar Uthaug has been set to direct the upcoming Tomb Raider reboot, while Geneva Robertson-Dworet has been tapped to write the screenplay.  Read More »


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Update from Editor Peter Sciretta: Kathryn Bigelow’s reps have contacted us and confirm that “Kathryn has not met with anyone about this project, and does not have any interest in directing this film.” Ethan’s original story from September 18th follows.

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Tomb Raider Movie Reboot

Six years ago, news of a Tomb Raider movie reboot first hit the web. It was being developed by GK Films as an origin story drawing inspiration from Rise of the Planet of the Apes. MGM then came on board and there a script was even commissioned. But we haven’t heard anything since 2013.

Now there’s the first significant update in two years. Warner Bros. has come on board to distribute the film, which will be written by Evan Daugherty, the writer of Snow White and the Huntsman, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Divergent and the upcoming G.I. Joe 3. Read more about the Tomb Raider movie reboot below. Read More »


Briefly: The video game incarnation of Lara Croft, Tomb Raider, was rebooted not long ago, and the film version is following suit. Paramount’s hold on the franchise rights lapsed after the middling performance of the second film starring Angelina Jolie, and GK Films nabbed the option to make a new Tomb Raider film. The company took the package to MGM, which has been working  on he character’s revival.

Now Marti Noxon, writer/showrunner for Buffy the Vampire Slayer and screenwriter for the Fright Night remake, has been hired to script. No word on the story or general approach at this moment, besides the safe and obvious assumption that Croft and her archaeological adventures will be the focus. [Variety]


Briefly: The slowly developing new cinematic take on Tomb Raider has been given some momentum by the popularity of the latest video game release. Despite the fact that game publisher Square/Enix has called the 3.4m sales of the new Tomb Raider a disappointment, that’s a pretty good number for a late-model release in an old franchise, and the game has done well with critics and fans.

GK Films picked up the Tomb Raider film rights in 2011, and has now passed them on to MGM. The two companies will develop a new film together. That process begins now, but there are no creative attachments to announce — no screenwriter, director, or actors. Producer Graham King said in a press release, “I am thrilled to partner with Gary and his MGM team on rebooting this successful ‘Tomb Raider’ film franchise. The enthusiasm over the recent game release is very encouraging and we can’t wait to bring it to the big screen.”

Reports of the death of creativity in Hollywood are probably somewhat exaggerated, but it can’t be denied that there are a lot of reboots, remakes, adaptations, sequels, prequels, etc. in the pipeline. After the jump, updates on three we’ve got our eye on:

  • Jose Padilha describes his Robocop as being about “a man being turned into a product by a corporation”
  • Tomb Raider producer Graham King confirms that he has a completed script, and explains how he took inspiration from Rise of the Planet of the Apes
  • Dark Shadows star Helena Bonham Carter discusses what makes Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows such a tough sell

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What is Lara Croft’s character, beyond boobs, ponytail and guns? There’s her adventurous spirit, I guess, but beyond that? Hard to say. Looks like we’re going to find out, as the new version of Tomb Raider that GK Films is putting together is starting to sound a lot like a prequel-ish origin story. Read More »

The next puzzle has been solved on the long road to a 2013 Tomb Raider reboot. Graham King’s GK Films got the big one out of the way in March when they announced they’d acquired the rights to the franchise from Square Enix, which had previously been at Paramount. Next up, writers needed to be hired, and that’s just fallen into place. Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, both credited writers on Iron Man, Children of Men and the upcoming Cowboys & Aliens, and will attempt to craft an “origin story for Lara Croft that solidifies her place alongside Ellen Ripley and Sarah Connor in the pantheon of great female action heroes.” Read More »

Like it or not, Tomb Raider heroine Lara Croft has become an internationally-recognized icon. Present an attractive brunette with a long ponytail, tight t-shirt, short shorts and a couple of pistols and enough people will recognize Croft to plunk down a few bucks to watch her explore ruins and fight off bad guys. Or that’s the idea, at least, and the reason that Graham King’s GK Films — the company that financed The Tourist — is preparing a Tomb Raider reboot aimed for 2013. Read More »