Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Tomb Raider series greenlit at Prime Video

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge will be bringing Lara Croft back to the screen in a new Tomb Raider TV series that has just been confirmed at Prime Video. 

Prime Video are holding their Prime Video Upfront event and it’s been a day of big TV news, including The Boys being renewed for another season and The Rings Of Power season 2 trailer

Now, news has reached the Film Stories newsdesk (via Variety) that Prime Video has also greenlit a new Tomb Raider TV series from Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Waller-Bridge will write and executive produce the series.

“If I could tell my teenage self this was happening I think she’d explode.,” Waller-Bridge said in a statement released shortly after the news was announced. “‘Tomb Raider’ has been a huge part of my life and I feel incredibly privileged to be bringing it to television with such passionate collaborators. Lara Croft means a lot to me, as she does to many, and I can’t wait to go on this adventure. Bats ‘n all.”

The popular video game franchise was first brought to the big screen in 2001. Back then Angelina Jolie played Lara Croft in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and its sequel, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider – The Cradle Of Life. Alicia Vikander portrayed the character in 2018’s reboot, directed by Roar Uthaug. 

Things got a bit complicated after that. MGM lost the Tomb Raider rights after Uthaug’s film received a middling reception and no sequel ever materialized. It was first announced in January that Waller-Bridge was working on a TV adaptation, but Prime Video has now officially announced it’ll be going ahead. 

The video games follow Lara Croft, an archeologist with a taste for adventure and a love of holding two guns. The first game was released in 1996, but since then, the games had a bit of makeover with a new reboot trilogy, which began in 2013 with Tomb Raider and was followed by Rise Of The Tomb Raider and Shadow Of The Tomb Raider. 

More on the Tomb Raider series as we hear it. 

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