Back in 2019, MGM announced that it was moving forward with a sequel to its 2018 Tomb Raider reboot. Now, the studio has found its director: Deadline reports that Lovecraft Country creator Misha Green will write and direct the film, in which Alicia Vikander will reprise the film’s title role.
The franchise was originally adapted way back in 2001 with Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and 2003’s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider – The Cradle of Life, each of which starred Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft. MGM rebooted the franchise in 2018 with an origin story loosely based off of the 2013 video game.
That film followed Lara Croft as she worked to find her father, who vanished while trying to find a mythical queen on a South Pacific island. The film got mixed reviews, and left open plenty of room for a sequel.
Director Ben Wheatley (High-Rise) was originally tapped to direct the film, with a screenplay penned by Amy Jump (High-Rise), to be released in March 19th, 2021. However, back in October, MGM announced that it was pulling the sequel from its schedule, because of the issues that the COVID-19 pandemic had on the theatrical industry.
Now, it looks like MGM is taking another shot at the film, with a new creative team. The film will mark Green’s film debut as a director (she directed an episode of Lovecraft Country), and presumably, she’ll bring a new spin on the character. MGM hasn’t set an updated release date for the project.