A fresh installment in the Tomb Raider video game series, Rise of the Tomb Raider, is visible on the horizon, but it's not clear just how far away the developing Tomb Raider movie franchise reboot is, by comparison. Official details on the latter project have yet to be announced, but the general expectation is that the new film will provide a big screen origin story for intrepid explorer and adventurer Lara Croft (much like the Tomb Raider (2013) video game reboot did).
Scripting duties on the Tomb Raider film reboot are being handled by Evan Daugherty, the screenwriter behind such female protagonist-led tentpoles as Snow White and the Huntsman and Divergent, as well as the co-writer on the TMNT movie reboot. Back in February 2015, MGM and Warner Bros. (which are partnering on the project) were reported to have fast-tracked the development process for Miss Croft's next cinematic adventure, and it sounds as though that remains the case now.
Heroic Hollywood founder Umberto Gonzalez is reporting that Daughtery's Tomb Raider script is out to directors now, and that currently MGM/WB are looking for a female director to oversee the project. This brings to mind the situation with WB's DC comic book adaptation Wonder Woman back in 2014, where the studio was also looking for a woman to direct - which it found in Michelle MacLaren (Breaking Bad), before the two parted over creative differences and Monster helmsman Patty Jenkins (who almost directed Thor: The Dark World) took on that job, instead.
Now, when it comes to their lucrative IPs, studios go with the director that they believe will deliver the best end result - as Marvel President of Production Kevin Feige recently noted, while he talked about upcoming superhero films with non-white and/or non-male protagonist (like Captain Marvel). That will no doubt be the case with Tomb Raider too, which is why someone like MacLaren (whose excellent TV work has brought her attention from multiple film studios) is almost certainly among those who will be given serious consideration to take on the new Lara Croft film.
The Angelina Jolie Tomb Raider movies from the early 2000s are similar to many superhero films that were being released at that time; they're cheesy and flashy big screen takes on the source property, as opposed to the sort of more grounded and serious treatment that Lara Croft tends to get nowadays, in video game form. The involvement of Daugherty as writer indicates that MGM/WB intends to give the world of Lara Croft a similar modern action/thriller makeover on the big screen, and there are plenty of female directors out there who can put together a solid Tomb Raider movie reboot in that same vein.
Forward momentum appears to be on Tomb Raider's side right now, but best to keep in mind: recently, the video game film Uncharted (reportedly) went back to square one (... again) after being dropped by another director - even though that series, like Tomb Raider, has a fresh video game installment on the horizon. Maybe Lara Croft will have better luck making her way (back) to the big screen than fellow adventurer Nathan Drake has.
We'll continue to keep you posted on development for Tomb Raider as more information is made available.
Source: Heroic Hollywood
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