By Craig Martin
After more than five years in development, the “Tomb Raider” reboot has unearthed itself a director. Roar Uthaug, the director behind the Norwegian disaster drama “The Wave,” will direct MGM and Warner Bros.’s feature project that seeks to relaunch a franchise featuring archaeologist Lara Croft.
At the same time, Geneva Robertson-Dworet, who penned the black listed script “Hibernation” and is co-writer on the obviously very necessary “Transformers 5,” is in negotiations to write the screenplay.
The Lara Croft character is obviously best known as the star of “Tomb Raider” video games and is one of the most widely known video game characters of all time. She is also no stranger to the big screen, having first appeared on screen portrayed by Angelina Jolie in 2001 in “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider,” a blockbuster that was distributed by Paramount.
This time, however, it’s Warner Bros. who has partnered with MGM to produce and release this latest incarnation. Graham King of GK Films is producing the new movie, having picked up the rights from interactive entertainment company Square Enix back in 2011. (The property spent a few years in development at Warner Bros. before the rights reverted to Square Enix, which currently produces “Tomb Raider” video games.) After a couple of years in development, GK partnered with MGM in 2013. Warner Bros. came on board the project in early 2015.
Plot details remain to be announced, but it is known that the film will detail Croft’s first adventure. Evan Daugherty, Marti Noxon and Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby previously worked on the script.
Overseeing for MGM is Cassidy Lange, while at Warner Bros., Drew Crevello is shepherding. Denis O’Sullivan will run point for GK Films. MGM will oversee production.
Uthaug has quietly directed a range of movies in his homeland, from a horror thriller (“Cold Prey”) to a children’s adventure (“Magic Silver”) to a survival action thriller (“Escape”). His best received film, “The Wave,” dealt with a tsunami that strikes Norway and was shortlisted to be submitted for the Best Foreign Film category at the Academy Awards.
“Tomb Raider” would be Uthaug’s English-language film debut.