Tomb Raider movie rights go up for auction after MGM release: report
Tomb Raider is looking for a new production studio. MGM has lost the film rights to the Alicia Vikander-led film franchise, sparking a bidding war between multiple studios and streaming services. A report from The Wrap revealed that MGM has until May 2022 to approve a sequel to the 2018 grave robber movie, but couldn’t make it. Producer Graham King is now looking for a new distribution studio and is planning a sequel to Tomb Raider.
A bunch of Hollywood studios are now bidding to buy the filming rights to grave robber, as confirmed by The Wrap. Vikander (The Green Knight) is no longer attached to the project – as the franchise will now undergo a full reboot. A sequel to the 2018 film had been in the works for some time, with Lovecraft County showrunner Misha Green set to write and direct. Ben Wheatley (Free Fire) was also named director at one point.
At this point, there is no casting or directing information. Based on the action-adventure video games from publisher Square Enix, the Tomb Raider film franchise was first launched by Simon West in 2001, starring Angelina Jolie, even spawning a sequel, Lara Croft Tomb. Raider: Cradle of Life in 2003. We then saw the bow-wielding adventurer on the big screen in 2018, as Vikander ramped up under the guidance of Roar Uthaug. The film was produced by MGM and earned $274.7 million (about Rs. 2,176 crore) at the worldwide box office.
According to Deadline, a Tomb Raider sequel had a March 2021 release window, “right in the middle of the [COVID-19] pandemic.” Vikander, however, is still keen on reprising the role, as revealed in an interview last week. “I think Misha and I were ready, so it’s kind of in someone else’s shoes [MGM] hands, to be honest,” she said.
Producer King, under the banner of his company “GK Films”, acquired the filming rights to the video game property from Square Enix in 2011. The original game is considered a cult classic, with innovative exploration mechanics and third-person action, spawning several sequels and a reboot trilogy in 2013.
MGM was recently acquired by Amazon for $8.5 billion (roughly Rs. 67,351 crore), thus triggering this whole incident.
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