'Tomb Raider' TV series in the works from Phoebe Waller-Bridge at Amazon
It seems that Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny did not fully satisfy Phoebe Waller-Bridge's craving for ancient artifacts and other remnants of antiquity. The Hollywood Reporter brings word that the Fleabag creator has entered the early stages of development on a Tomb Raider television series at Amazon as part of their overall production deal, which was renewed this week.
There are precious few details at this time, other than the fact that Waller-Bridge is on board as head writer. She'll also serve as executive producer with Ryan Andolina and Amanda Greenblatt (two former Amazon executives, who left the company to form their own production company in late 2022) and Dmitri Johnson.
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To date, the bestselling Tomb Raider video games have inspired three feature films centered around the character of Lara Croft. Two were fronted by Angelina Jolie in 2001 and 2003, respectively. The property was then rebooted in 2018, with Ex Machina's Alicia Vikander stepping into the shoes of the swashbuckling archaeologist/adventurer. A sequel was in development for some time (recruiting Ben Wheatley and then Misha Green to direct) before stalling out last summer as MGM's ownership over the screen rights lapsed.
Photo: TOMB RAIDER - Official Trailer #1/Warner Bros. Pictures YouTube; Stefania D'Alessandro/WireImage
MCU alum Hayley Atwell is set to voice the intrepid hero in an upcoming anime series on Netflix.
As we alluded to above, Waller-Bridge will appear in the fifth Indiana Jones movie this June, playing the role of Indy's goddaughter, Helena. "Honestly, I just loved it,” the actress said of the experience during a conversation with Empire. "When you’re playing a character who throws herself on the back of a vehicle, there’s no acting around that. You just have to bloody do it."
Dial of Destiny is the first entry in the iconic franchise to be released by Disney and the first not to be directed by Steven Spielberg. Instead, James Mangold (Logan, Ford v Ferrari) was hired to oversee Harrison Ford's whip-cracking swan song, which is set against the backdrop of the Space Race, circa 1969. Professor Henry Jones Jr. of Marshall College leaps into action one last time when "former" Nazis (recruited by the U.S. government after World War II via Operation Paperclip) try to take over the world.
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