A sequel to the 2018 reboot of Tomb Raider has reportedly been greenlit over at Warner Brothers. The news comes via Deadline who also posted news of a very interesting and indeed very exciting screenwriter being hired to pen the new movie – none other than Amy Jump.
Amy Jump is the frequent collaborator of Britain’s own Ben Wheatley and has scripted or the likes of the truly intense Kill List, High Rise, A Field In England and more. She also acted as co-editor on a bunch of those (and more) with Wheatley so her addition to a potential Tomb Raider 2 is so, so exciting!
Alicia Vikander is returning for another adventure as Lara Croft, returning to the role based on he legendary video game character. The first film, released last year, took a solid $274 million around the world and received fairly positive reviews. We dug it too, though had some reservations. Our Ben Read said: ‘Tomb Raider frequently displays glimpses of greatness but is far too quick to move on to the next big set piece, however, the film builds enough foundations here to cement interest in viewing further installments and Vikander is superb as a more human, relatable Lara Croft.’
You can read our full review at the end of the link above.
For those unfamiliar with the project, here’s a reminder of the official plot of the 2018 reboot.
Lara Croft is the fiercely independent daughter of an eccentric adventurer who vanished when she was scarcely a teen. Now a young woman of 21 without any real focus or purpose, Lara navigates the chaotic streets of trendy East London as a bike courier, barely making the rent, and takes college courses, rarely making it to class. Determined to forge her own path, she refuses to take the reins of her father’s global empire just as staunchly as she rejects the idea that he’s truly gone. Advised to face the facts and move forward after seven years without him, even Lara can’t understand what drives her to finally solve the puzzle of his mysterious death.
Going explicitly against his final wishes, she leaves everything she knows behind in search of her Dad’s last-known destination: a fabled tomb on a mythical island that might be somewhere off the coast of Japan. But her mission will not be an easy one; just reaching the island will be extremely treacherous. Suddenly, the stakes couldn’t be higher for Lara, who – against the odds and armed with only her sharp mind, blind faith and inherently stubborn spirit – must learn to push herself beyond her limits as she journeys into the unknown. If she survives this perilous adventure, it could be the making of her, earning her the name tomb raider.
No word on when the new one will arrive in cinemas, or news on a director at this stage, but I really like the way Warner Bros/ MGM are moving with the one. More as it comes in.