Roar Uthaug to direct Tomb Raider reboot
The ongoing quest to reboot the “Tomb Raider” franchise has passed another mile-marker this morning. It was reported today by THR that Roar Uthaug will direct the new film for MGM and Warner Bros. Pictures. According to the latest reports, the Norwegian director will helm the project, which is expected to cast a younger Lara Croft than the previous filmed featured. The film will most likely follow the new character model created for the popular rebooted game-franchise, which is currently in its second installment.
With the game doing so incredibly well it would make sense for Camilla Luddington, the popular actor from Grey’s Anatomy that voices Lara Croft in the game, to throw her hat into the ring as the role of Lara for the film. Luddington has proven to be a bug success as the voice of Lara Croft, but it’s unclear at this point if the actor will push for a chance on the big screen.
Uthaug has also seen great success with his latest projects, including his recent drama “The Wave.” That film has been submitted for the best foreign film category of Academy Awards. As of right now there are no confirmations for the writer position, but Geneva Robertson-Dworet is reportedly in talks to write the screenplay for the project.
The “Tomb Raider” franchise is going through a bit of a boom at the moment. The original game was released back in 1996 from Eidos, Square Enix later bought that company and controls the rights for the game. Warner Bros. owns a stake in Eidos, which it held through the sale, which is why Warner Bros. Pictures is involved in the game’s new cinematic revival.
In 2013 the rebooted “Tomb Raider” game was an incredible success, selling over 35 million units and winning a multitude of awards for Square Enix and developer Crystal Dynamics.
The new Lara Croft is just becoming a tomb-raider in the game. In the 2013 release, a younger-version of the iconic character connected with fans and allowed the publisher to release a sequel in 2015 called “Rise of the Tomb Raider.” That game was just released and is now available on Xbox One. Actor Camilla Luddington voices Lara Croft in the new games.
Paramount Pictures released two films with Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft, those were back in 2001 and 2003 and the films grossed over $432 million globally.