Norwegian film director Roar Uthaug — who led the disaster drama “The Wave” — has signed on to helm Warner Bros.’ “Tomb Raider” reboot. According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Transformers 5” scribe Geneva Robertson-Dworet is also in negotiations to pen the script. Though the story is still in development, the report states the film will follow Lara Croft’s first adventure.
In development since 2011, the project was supposedly fast-tracked in February when Evan Daugherty (“Divergent,” “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”) was tapped to write a new draft of the screenplay, and Warner Bros. signed on to co-finance and distribute. In addition to Daugherty, Marti Noxon, Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby also worked on earlier drafts of the script. The film originally was targeted for release in 2013, to coincide with Square Enix’s video game reboot “Tomb Raider.”
Archaeologist-adventurer Lara Croft was famously portrayed by Angelina Jolie in two movie adaptations, 2001’s “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” and 2003’s “Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life,” which grossed a combined $432 million worldwide.
Released in 1996 by Eidos, now part of Square Enix, “Tomb Raider” became one of the most successful video games of its time, with the original and its sequels going on to sell more than 35 million units. Square Enix released the rebooted “Tomb Raider” in 2013, with the follow-up “Rise of the Tomb Raider” arriving this month.
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