Following years in development hell, the upcoming reboot of the popular video game adaptation Tomb Raider has finally landed a director in Roar Uthaug, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The Norwegian filmmaker has directed a series of cult hits, including this year’s The Wave which hit the festival circuit. Additionally, screenwriter Geneva Robertson-Dworet (who’s set to write 2017’s Transformers 5), has been announced as the project’s writer.
Tomb Raider will be Uthaug’s English language debut, and the position has been highly contested. Though an early report from the Tracking Board indicated that Warner Bros. had a female director as a priority, Uthaug has been the first director attached to the reboot following the passing by Tricia Brock. Despite multiple drafts, it seems as if Robertson-Dworet’s script will indeed be the film’s final script.
Spending five years in development, Warner Bros. and MGM have teamed up to produce the latest in the series. The original series of films starring Angeline Jolie were modest box office successes, but it’s clear that Warner Bros. is expecting to rejuvenate the franchise following the video game film craze that is expected to hit following 2016’s Warcraft and Assassin’s Creed.
Plot details are scarce, but THR’s source describes the film as an origin story of sorts, focusing on “Croft’s first adventure”. No word on potential casting.
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SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter