Fans anticipating the release of a “Tomb Raider” film reboot may have given up a long time ago, given that the film has been ‘in development’ status for more than five years.
However, the development of the film may now pick up its pace.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the “Tomb Raider” reboot project has already found its director. Roar Uthaug, who is known for directing the Norweigan disaster film “The Wave”, will lead the MGM, Warner Bros. and GK Films feature project.
Meanwhile, IGN reports that “Transformers 5” co-writer Geneva Robertson-Dworet is also in talks to write the screenplay of the Lara Croft adventure.
In terms of Uthaug’s directing prowess, Variety reports that “The Wave” was submitted as an entry for a foreign film Oscar. Other films under the director’s belt include Norweigan films “Cold Prey” and “Magic Silver”.
Variety details that the original “Tomb Raider” game was released in 1996 by Eidos, a London-based developer, and selling over 35 million units. After Eidos merged with the company Square Enix, the latter then released a reboot of the game in 2013 which featured a younger Lara Croft.
On the other hand, the two “Tomb Raider” films by Paramount starring Angelina Jolie went on to gross $432 million worldwide.
At this point, casting news may still be a long way ahead but Angelina Jolie is unlikely to return as the well-loved British archaeologist.
Cinema Blend has reported back then that the new “Tomb Raider” edition may feature a younger version of the heroine. This consideration may be in line with a 21-year-old Lara Croft being featured in the 2013 reboot game.
The website also pointed out that die-hard fans of the game “hated the Jolie duology of features”, which is more reason for MGM, Warner Bros. and GK Films to cast a different actress for the role of Lara Croft.
The “Tomb Raider” reboot film is slated for release in 2017, though the date is tentative for now.