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Aug 5, 2022

‘Tomb Raider’ Film Rights Has Hollywood in A Bidding War

Like Pirhanas released into a small tank with fresh blood, Hollywood Studios and Streamers alike are fighting for the rights to Tomb Raider which has left its home at MGM.

Image Still: MGM / GK Films

Alicia Vikander has also left the property as it’s lead (what! please her her back immediately) therefore Tomb Raider is currently up for grabs. Tomb Raider hasn’t been a completely free property in almost a decade (nine years), now studios have a chance to re-launch the brand from the ground up. We wonder if this new start will also see the release of a coinciding brand new storyline in a new gaming title for Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. Alicia Vikander starred in a 2018 Tomb Raider reboot for MGM and GK Films that earned $275 million globally and was to have a sequel directed by Lovecraft County creator Misha Green. That project is now dead, and the role is expected to be recast. With that said studios should take a page from past failed reboots and NOT pick-up where Alicia’s character left off. Give Tomb Raider a fresh start from the ground up.

Before Tomb Raider’s time at MGM, Angelina Jolie starred in two features based on the character, which at the time had a rights home with Paramount: Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) and  Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003). Those films brought in a combined $432 million worldwide. The property debuted in gaming back in 1996. It was one of Playstation’s best selling titles and has continued to evolve. We do wonder if this shuffle will re-vitalize the property.