Things are not looking good for the sequel to the 2018 Tomb Raider film adaptation, which starred Alicia Vikander as a young Lara Croft on the island of Yamati in search of her father.
A new report from The Wrap has revealed that MGM lost the rights to the Tomb Raider films following its acquisition by Amazon. The studio reportedly had until May of this year to move forward with a sequel, but that ship has now sailed.
As a result, “a multitude of Hollywood film studios” are currently offering the rights to the film, with insiders revealing that this has resulted in Alicia Vikander being removed from the project.
Instead, all future Tomb Raider films will be “complete reboots” and, as of this writing, will have “no casting or director commitments” associated with them.
Earlier this month, Vikander opened up about her return to the role, admitting that “politics” got in the way of any development of the sequel.
“It’s kind of in someone else’s hands, to be honest,” she shared.
At this point, however, Vikander seemed still willing to play Lara Croft again, with the actress debating then-director Misha Green’s willingness to be in the film. “[We have both] been ready,” she explained.
Elsewhere in the tomb-strewn world of Lara Croft, Crystal Dynamics announced earlier this year that the next game in the series would be built in Unreal Engine 5. This will be the first outing for Lara since developer Embracer was brought in as part of a huge deal with Square Enix.
Little else is known about this future installment, but we do know that Days Gone director Jeff Ross has joined the studio as design director (so, Lara on a motorbike, please, good sir).
More recently, former Call of Duty developer Belinda Garcia has joined the Tomb Raider team as Game Writer/Narrative Designer.
Here are my sweet girls Polina and Annika welcoming Lara to their best friend club 🥲💕
— Belinda Garcia (@bbcgarcia) July 11, 2022
Meanwhile, Embracer has said it sees “great potential” in its newly acquired IP, and has hinted that some remakes of older games in the series could well be on the way in the future.
But while all of this is going on in the background, other fans of Laras also have an animated Tomb Raider series on Netflix to look forward to. This series focuses on the events that follow after the conclusion of the Shadow of the Tomb Raider 2018 reboot.
Or you could dive into the Tomb Raider cookbook and whip up a batch of Lara’s favorite beans on toast to fuel up while we wait for more news on the future of movies and games.