Last year, MGM’s and Warners’ Tomb Raider reboot finally found its director after years of being stuck in development hell. Norwegian filmmaker Roar Uthaug has been tasked with directing the movie, which will follow Lara Croft on her very first mission. However, due to that particular detail about the movie, many fans have been wondering whether or not it will be an adaptation of Crystal Dynamics’ critically-acclaimed Tomb Raider video game, since that one also introduced us to a younger and inexperienced Lara.
While doing the press rounds for his horror film, The Wave, Uthaug spoke with IGN about the reboot and revealed that his video game movie will indeed take a similar approach to the character, but it doesn’t sound like it will be a straight-up adaptation. Here’s what he had to say:
I think making Lara Croft feel like a real human being, that’s definitely something we want to bring to the big screen as well. I think we’ll want to make people relate to Lara as a character. I’m hoping to bring some of my Norwegian sensibilities to the franchise.
Tomb Raider will mark Uthaug’s English language debut, but if you’ve checked out some of his previous work, you would know that most of them feature female leads. The fact that the movie follows the story of a strong female character was one of the reasons why he decided to tackle the project:
I’ve always been a fan of strong female characters, and I think I’ve had strong female characters in all my previous movies, so that’s something I thought was interesting.
The director is also a fan of the video games, so it sounds like the project is in good hands. What do you guys think? Are you looking forward to another Tomb Raider movie? Sound-off your thoughts in the comment section below.