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‘Tomb Raider’ Reboot Finds Director in Roar Uthaug

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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