Norwegian director Roar Uthaug has been tapped to direct the upcoming big screen adaptation of Tomb Raider, his first Hollywood feature. Uthaug has made his mark on Norwegian cinema with an adaptation of the popular children’s show Blåfjell (Magic Silver), the horror franchise Fritt Vilt (Cold Prey), and most recently with the visual effects driven disaster film The Wave, a movie chosen as Norway’s contender for the ‘best foreign film’ category at next year’s Academy Awards.
The latest adaptation of Tomb Raider is set for a 2017 release, though the script has not been finalised. Evan Daugherty (Divergent, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) has reportedly submitted a script, but it is rumoured that Geneva Robertson-Dworet (Transformers 5) will revise his submission in an effort to produce a final version of the script.
According to the project’s IMDB page, the film’s plot will borrow heavily from the highly praised video game reboot from 2013, Tomb Raider, which saw Lara Croft stranded on a fictional island filled with dangers, both human and otherworldly. If they choose to lean towards this story, the most recent big screen adaptation would be a lot darker and grittier than the earlier films Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) and Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003), both starring Angelia Jolie as the famed explorer.