Monday, 16 September, 2019

Ben Wheatley set to direct Tomb Raider sequel

Ben Wheatley Vianney Le Caer Invision AP Shutterstock
Lora Ball | 04 September, 2019, 23:26

The "Tomb Raider" franchise began life as a popular action adventure video game series which centred on fictional British archaeologist Lara Croft, who travels around the world searching for lost artefacts and infiltrating unsafe tombs and ruins. Hire an incredibly weird and singular director like Ben Wheatley. Alicia Vikander is confirmed to reprise her role as the adventurer Lara Croft. Per a report from Deadline Hollywood, MGM announced a release date for its sequel to the 2018 film Tomb Raider. Pictures. Graham King's GK Films will again produce.

Wheatley is best known for his work directing Kill List, A Field in England, and High-Rise, and is in the post production stages for a film called Rebecca. However, while 2018's Tomb Raider had weak box office here in the US, it did gangbusters overseas, ultimately making almost as much in worldwide total as Jolie's first. That being said, it wouldn't surprise me if that film has the weirdness and darkness he's brought to his other movies. It wasn't anything incredible, but it was once of the better game-to-movie adaptations we have seen.

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I never would have thought of Wheatley for Tomb Raider 2 (although perhaps Jump's involvement should have been the tipoff), but perhaps his perspective is what this franchise needs to stand out. To be fair, it's not like the games have incredible stories, but that means there's a lot of room for Wheatley and Jump to forge their own path. We also enjoyed the game stating in our review "A reassuringly solid trilogy third act, Shadow of the Tomb Raider will certainly prove familiar". MGM has set the release date for the sequel for March 19, 2021.

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