‘Tomb Raider’ Sequel Moves Forward With Ben Wheatley As Director

Oh. So they’re really going to do that Tomb Raider sequel thing, eh? The 2018 movie, a reboot led by Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft, didn’t exactly set Hollywood on fire. The $274M it earned worldwide was just okay, and it might’ve looked better if it weren’t for that $90M+ budget. However, there are two reasons why Lionsgate would want to do another one. First, the reviews were actually pretty good. Second, Ben Wheatley wants to direct it.

Wheatley, who is primarily known for off-the-wall films such as Free Fire, High-Rise, and Sightseers, has signed on to direct the Tomb Raider sequel with Vikander returning. Interestingly, it will be scripted by Amy Jump, who just so happens to be Wheatley’s wife. Well, at least they can discuss Croft’s latest adventures over dinner, I suppose? She was brought in as screenwriter some weeks ago and maybe that’s partly the reason Wheatley is so interested.

For his entire career Wheatley has never been a franchise filmmaker. His highest-grossing movie, 2015’s High-Rise, only earned $4M. So this will be an interesting move for him to see how he operates on a much larger scale.

Tomb Raider 2 should begin shooting early next year and open on March 19th 2021. [Deadline]

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.

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