Tomb Raider Director Talks Hopes for Big Screen Reboot

Back in November, it was revealed that the upcoming Tomb Raider reboot had finally found a director and screenwriter, but the film’s journey to the big screen remains as rocky as the mountains Lara Croft climbs. Speaking with IGNTomb Raider director Roar Uthaug opened up about what he hopes they will be able to do with the film, saying:

“I think making Lara Croft feel like a real human being, that’s definitely something we want to bring to the big screen as well. I think we’ll want to make people relate to Lara as a character. I’m hoping to bring some of my Norwegian sensibilities to the franchise… I’ve always been a fan of strong female characters and I think I’ve had strong female characters in all my previous movies, so that’s something I thought was interesting.”

Uthaug went on to say they want the film to have modern sensibilities and feel realistic to audiences.

“Raiders of the Lost Ark was one of my favorite films growing up, so it’s definitely a dream to work in that kind of genre. I think we’ll want to make it feel like a modern action movie and to make what’s going on feel like it’s going on for real.”

Transformers 5 scribe Geneva Robertson-Dworet has come on board to write the screenplay for the film, which will be distributed by Warner Bros. with MGM. They will produce the feature with GK Films.

The original Tomb Raider was published in 1996 by the London-based video game company Eidos and became one of the most successful video games of the time. A reboot of the series, telling the origin of Lara Croft, was released in 2013 and sold over 5 million copies. The most recent game, titled Rise of the Tomb Raider, is available now for the Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC.

Paramount Pictures previously made two movies about the daredevil archaeologist on a series of global missions. The films, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life,  starred Angelina Jolie and grossed a combined $432 million at the worldwide box office.