Word on the follow-up to 2018's 'Tomb Raider' had gone very quiet. Many assumed it was dead in the water, especially when the movie was removed from release schedules. With a new writer-director attached though, it looks like the action-adventure franchise is back in business.
Alicia Vikander plays Lara Croft in the latest adaptation of the video game franchise. 'Tomb Raider' first hit the big screen with Angelina Jolie in the role back in 2001.
The 2018 movie wasn't much to write home about. It just about broke even on its budget, grossing $274.7 million at the box office.
But a sequel soon got the green light with Ben Wheatley to direct, and his wife and collaborator Amy Jump penning the script.
The reason for his departing the video game adaptation is unknown, but it could be due to schedule clashes resulting from production delays caused by the pandemic.
In any case, the 'Tomb Raider' sequel is in good hands.
Misha Green, creator and director of the highly acclaimed HBO Max series 'Lovecraft Country', will now write and direct it.
Green's credits also include 'Heroes' and 'Sons of Anarchy', and she created the series 'Underground.'
Production for 'Tomb Raider 2' was meant to commence in April 2020 but it got postponed to this year.
The film marks Green's feature directorial debut.
Announcing the news, she wrote on Twitter: "My fav from classic era is Legend & from survival era it’s a tie between Rise & Shadow... *whispers* Who’s as excited as I am for a @TombRaiderMovie !?!? #TombRaider"
My fav from classic era is Legend & from survival era it’s a tie between Rise & Shadow. So I’m thinking something like:
*whispers* Who’s as excited as I am for a @TombRaiderMovie!?!? 🤑💃🏾🤩 #TombRaider
— Misha Green (@MishaGreen) January 25, 2021
The 'Tomb Raider' sequel currently has no release date.