‘Tomb Raider’ Reboot Finds Director in Roar Uthaug

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MGM and Warner Bros. have tapped Norwegian director Roar Uthaug to helm their “Tomb Raider” reboot.

Uthaug directed the Norwegian disaster drama “The Wave,” which was submitted for a foreign film Oscar. He also helmed “Cold Prey” and “Magic Silver” in Norway. Geneva Robertson-Dworet, who wrote “Hibernation,” is in talks to rewrite Evan Daugherty’s screenplay.

MGM joined the project in 2013, acquiring rights to the popular videogame to develop the feature in partnership with Graham King’s GK Films. King, who acquired “Tomb Raider” in 2011 from Square Enix, will serve as producer.

The original “Tomb Raider” was released in 1996 by London-based Eidos, which is now part of Square Enix. The games have sold over 35 million units. Square Enix released a reboot in 2013 with a younger Croft (now 21) being sent off on her first big adventure amid amped-up action and set pieces.

Paramount’s two films starring Angelina Jolie as the Brit archaeologist were released in 2001 and 2003 and grossed $432 million worldwide.

Warner Bros., which owned 20% of Eidos, subsequently launched development of a “Tomb Raider” project with Dan Lin producing, but the feature rights went to Square Enix after it bought Eidos in 2009 for $120 million.

Warners came on board in early 2015. MGM has teamed with the studio this year on “Hot Pursuit,” “Max” and the upcoming “Creed.”

Cassidy Lange is overseeing for MGM; Drew Crevello is leading for Warners and Denis O’Sullivan for GK Films.

Uthaug is repped by UTA. The news was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter.

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  1. maya says:

    it would never hit box office if Angelina Jolie would not be playing as Lara Croft!

  2. ajracer says:

    They should at least seriously consider casting Camilla Luddington to reprise her excellent Lara Croft performance for the film. At this point, it would be no stranger than actors crossing over from film franchises to repeat their characters as voice actors for game adapts. Her performance revitalized the games, she should be in contention to do the same for the movies based on them.

  3. Yuki says:

    Both Rise of The Tomb Raider which just released. In addition to it’s eariler reboot in 2013 were outstanding. If this is anything as good as either of these i’m on board. Otherwise don’t bother as your wasting your time. While the first TR film wasn’t bad. It fell short of what it could have been. The rest i would rather forget all together.

    Some fans might be a bit put off by the new much more human Lara. However i personally like the change. This really isn’t all that unlike what we saw with 007 & Batman. All were on life support and needed a heart transplant to stay alive. Thankfully in both these cases it was for the better. Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight breathed new life into.

    What is arguably the best Batman to date. 007 is no exception either as i have started enjoying the series once again. Can Tomb Raider join their ranks? This i agree could work but they have to get it right this time. Not another low budget abomination like Jem & The holograms lol.

  4. Zoe says:

    A female director would`ve been nice but that`s just a pipe dream I guess.

  5. wiles11 says:

    I can see this working. Uthaug’s Norwegian films are high concept and very commercial. He retooled Hollywood genres and cliches for Norwegian audiences while ensuring strong production value and exportability. And unlike Finnish would-be wunderkind Jalmari Hellander, he was smart enough to collaborate with better writers on key projects, including The Wave. Not a big Tomb Raider fan, but I’d give it a try if he stays on the show.

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