The long-awaited TOMB RAIDER REBOOT has discovered its director, and to the surprise of many, it’s not a ‘Michelle MacLaren’ type after all.
Norwegian director Roar Uthaug, who turned heads earlier this year with his disaster film The Wave, is set to helm the beloved video game franchise’s reboot. Warner Bros. is partnering with MGM to produce and distribute, while GK Films‘ Graham King will produce. The action-adventure flick is based on the popular video game series Lara Croft: Tomb Raider from Eidos Interactive, which was previously brought to the big screen in a duo of films starring Angelina Jolie as the globe-trotting, gun-totting British archaeologist.
Geneva Robertson-Dworet, whose script Hibernation landed her on the 2012 Hit List, has been brought on board to rework the script. Previous writers include Evan Daugherty, Marti Noxon, Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby.
There has been plenty of speculation as to who would direct the Tomb Raider reboot, which has been in development since at least 2010. It was previously rumored that the studio had their eye on Game of Thrones director Michelle MacLaren, but her responsibilities to Wonder Woman meant she wouldn’t be available. The studio was considering a long list of female candidates, from Mimi Leder and Catherine Hardwicke to Tricia Brock and Lexi Alexander. Ultimately, however, it appears as though Uthaug came out on top.
Uthaug, who graduated from Norwegian Film School in 2002, first gained attention with his breakout feature debut, the slasher flick Cold Prey, which is considered one of the best modern Norwegian horror movies. His catastrophe pic The Wave, released earlier this year, was chosen to as Norway’s submission for Best Foreign Language Film in the upcoming Academy Awards.
Uthaug is repped by UTA.
Josh Lyons | Staff Writer