MGM acquires rights for next Tomb Raider film, development “will begin immediately”
After the gigantic success of Square Enix and Crystal Dynamic’s ‘Tomb Raider’ reboot, you can imagine more people are interested in joining-in on the next film. MGM is the latest company to get on board.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc announced that it has acquired the feature film rights to TOMB RAIDER and will develop the new film starring character Lara Croft and it will be based on the “video game franchise” in partnership with GK Films. The announcement came from Gary Barber, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, MGM and Graham King, Founder, GK Films.
For a bit of history, GK Films had acquired the TOMB RAIDER film rights in 2011 from Square Enix and now King will serve as producer. The development of the first film will begin immediately. No casting has been announced.
“Graham is one of the premier producers in this industry and I am delighted to be working with him on this exciting franchise. We look forward to developing more projects together in the future,” said Barber.
King said, “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.”
There have been two feature films based on ‘Tomb Raider’, the first releasing in 2001 and the second in 2003, both of which starred Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft.