Next TOMB RAIDER Film Will Be Inspired By RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK and New Games
Last year we learned that Warner Bros. and MGM hired Norwegian filmmaker Roar Uthaug to direct their reboot of Tomb Raider. This is the director behind the Norwegian disaster thriller The Wave, which actually looks like a great movie. We haven't heard much about the film project since Uthaug was brought on board, but during an interview with IGN, the director opened up a little bit about his vision for the film and what will influence it.
The first thing that the director confirmed was that this will give us an origin story for Lara Croft and that it will be similar to the 2013 video game reboot, which is something we've previously heard. He explained what he wants to do with the character, 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 been a fan of Tomb Raider since the first game was released in 1996. I spent way too much time playing this game. I'd never seen anything like it before! Uthaug is a fan of the game since it was released as well, which is why he's so excited to take it on. He said:
"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."
The director also discussed how he has always wanted to make an action-adventure film, and explained how Raiders of the Lost Ark influenced him to take on Tomb Raider:
"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."
One of my biggest complaints about the first could of Tomb Raider movies is that they didn't feel like an Indiana Jones film, and I think the film needs to have that. Indiana Jones set the standard for adventure movies! It sounds like Uthaug has an understanding of that.
The script for Tomb Raider is being written by Geneva Robertson-Dworet (Transformers 5), and I'm excited to see how it turns out.