‘Tomb Raider’ sequel is dead, franchise rights up for grabs
An exclusivity TheWrap report says MGM needs to do grave robber the movies are outdated. Lara Croft’s first film appearance dates back to 2001 with the film Lara Croft: Tomb Raider with Angelina Jolie, and it went pretty well. This happened at the height of the hype surrounding the original video game franchise. Then there was a sequel, which didn’t make as much money as expected. Then the film franchise languished for years until 2011.
In April 2016, MGM and GK Films bought the rights to the franchise and quickly got to work on a reboot. Roar Uthaug, a Norwegian filmmaker, directed the reboot while Alicia Vikander portrayed Lara Croft. The film did not break even and received lackluster reviews. According to many reviewers, the story just wasn’t engaging, despite the cast’s decent performances.
A sequel to the film had been in the works for some time, with Amy Jump and Ben Wheatley attached as writer and director, respectively. Unfortunately, given that the first in the series of reboots didn’t break even and didn’t perform very well critically, the moment was the straw that broke the camel’s back. Covid-19 hit, and grave robber was no longer a priority for MGM. Misha Green signed on in 2021 to replace Ben Wheatley, but the project never went into production. With that, the rights to the franchise defaulted to Crystal Dynamics, the game’s developer itself.
Just recently, a company called Embracer acquired Crystal Dynamics from Square Enix. As a result, Embracer now controls who gets the rights to create new grave robber movies. It looks like they have huge plans for the show, so honestly that could be a good thing. Instead of just making a video game or two and sending the rights to a production company for a half-baked adaptation… they’re interested in spin-offs, remakes, remasters and whatever they think can help them create a shared universe. .