Crystal Dynamics masterfully took over the Tomb Raider franchise with an acclaimed reboot in 2013. New design for Lara Croft, modernized mechanics, thrilling adventure, meticulous staging… The studio hit hard and even more with two sequels : Rise of the Tomb Raider and Shadow of the Tomb Raider, also acclaimed. Following the success of the new games, a cinematic reboot was also underway, Alicia Vikander replacing Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft . A feature film released in our cinemas in 2018 and directed by the Norwegian Roar Uthaug. Unfortunately, the reception of the film was mixed – but not bad either!
Despite everything, a sequel is in the works and Deadline reveals its director today.
A filmmaker who has directed an HBO series acclaimed by spectators and the press!
Misha Green as the head of Tomb Raider 2
The Tomb Raider franchise was entitled to two filmmakers: Roar Uthaug for the 2018 reboot and Simon West for films with Angelina Jolie. But today, it's a director's turn to lead a film about Lara Croft . MGM, which owns the rights to the big screen, has selected Misha Green, known to be the showrunner for the Lovecraft Country series which airs on HBO.
Lovecraft Country takes place in the 1950s in a segregationist America. The series follows Atticus Black, a young man who leaves with his friend and his uncle, Laetitia and George, to find his missing father. But the group will meet some creatures on this journey.
At the moment, the release date of Tomb Raider 2 is not known. The film was slated for March 2021 before being pushed back. The reason ? Rather obvious: the COVID-19 pandemic . Note also that the feature film was initially to be directed by Ben Wheasley. The man is particularly known for his clever horror films which are popular with fans of the genre, from High-Rise to Free Fire and Tourists.
Cinematographic adaptations will be numerous on our screens in the coming years. Between The Last of Us on HBO, which is also entitled to a new director, or the Sonic sequel already made official by the voice of the blue hedgehog.