Warning: This article contains spoilers for the ending of 2018’s Tomb Raider.
We liked 2018’s Tomb Raider more than most, especially its promising ending, which saw Lara Croft (Alicia Vikander) figuring out that her late father’s business partner, Ana Miller (Kristin Scott Thomas), is behind the mysterious Trinity organization that is looking to take over the world and is responsible for Richard Croft’s death; a game-changing tidbit that opens several sequel possibilities. However, the film didn’t exactly wreak havoc on its box office competition, leaving fans to wonder if such as sequel would ever get made.
Fortunately, the clearest sign that Tomb Raider 2 is coming has just arrived! MGM and Warner Bros. has just hired screenwriter Amy Jump to pen the sequel script, reports Deadline. The move reportedly occurred after star Alicia Vikander liked what she saw in Jump’s script. A surging scribe, Jump – who regularly partners with director Ben Wheatley – has penned pictures such as 2016 Brie-Larson-starring action-comedy Free Fire, 2015 Tom Hiddleston-starring sci-fi/horror film High-Rise, along with efforts such as A Field in England and Kill List. She’s also tapped to pen an action-thriller project, titled Freak Shift.
As mentioned, Tomb Raider effectively laid plenty of the groundwork for franchise expansion. The film ended with Lara having signed Croft Holdings over to Ana, and you can see how this revelation is a bit of a gut punch. It’s also an excellent way to leave viewers wanting more, setting Tomb Raider up for a killer sequel, with Thomas as the explicit antagonist and henchman Mr. Yaffe (Derek Jacobi) by her side. Tell me you don’t want to see a Tomb Raider 2 movie with Thomas and Jacobi as bad guys facing off against Alicia Vikander’s Lara? Yeah, you can’t.
While Tomb Raider didn’t break box office records, it was hardly a flop. It cost roughly $94 million to make, and more or less met domestic box office expectations, having earned $58.2 million domestic and $216.4 million foreign, grossing $274.6 million globally. Of course, Tomb Raider did have to contend with the monumental momentum of Marvel’s Black Panther, to which the reboot placed behind in second place for its opening week.
Pertinently, as Deadline observed last year, Tomb Raider needed to make $275 million to break even. Ultimately, thanks to some rounding up, the film did, indeed, make that mark to the very number. The 2018 reboot was a co-production between MGM and Warner Bros., which means the studios will split the risk for the sequel. While this has both its pros and its cons, a prospective Tom Raider 2 would come the table freed from its predecessor’s task of exposition, with Vikander’s Lara Croft – as a post-credits scene teases – ready manifest in her classic, video-game-evocative dual-pistol-wielding form.
We will keep you updated on Tomb Raider 2 as the project develops!
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