tomb Raider the film rights are up for grabs. According to a report by packagingAmazon-owned MGM waited too long to create a sequel to its 2018 grave robber movie, releasing the rights to the upcoming Hollywood studio that wants to attempt to create an adaptation of the long-running video game franchise.
Several studios are currently engaged in a bidding war to capture the grave robber rights, packaging reports. And since the license does not oblige us to keep the same cast and the same team, the next grave robber the film could be a total reboot that passes the baton from Lara Croft to yet another actress.
The 2018 grave robber stars Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft and was met with mixed reviews who criticized its weak portrayal of the series’ titular archaeologist. As we noted in our review at the time, MGM’s grave robber seems to mix elements of the 2013 game with the early 2000s grave robber film adaptations starring Angelina Jolie (which also didn’t get the best reviews).
MGM originally planned to release a sequel to his film in 2021, but the COVID-19 pandemic likely hampered production. In 2020, the film’s director, Ben Wheaton, said The Edgesister site of Polygon that he’s still determined to make the movie, but it’s “in the mists of COVID.” It’s possible Amazon’s acquisition of MGM in March also had something to do with the studio’s decision not to greenlight another grave robber.
On the small screen, Netflix is still working on an anime grave robber adaptation. The series, which still has no official release date, will take place after the game’s trilogy reboot which concluded with Shadow of the Tomb Raider.