Amazon now has its eyes on the Tomb Raider prize and means to develop its own universe in the franchise. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the company means to weave the movie together with the series project that Phoebe Waller-Bridge is penning.
Just yesterday, we posted about the series, now, apparently, a movie is also on the table together with a video game.
THR clarifies that Waller-Bridge will only be writing for the series and not the movie or the game. The movie is in collaboration with dj2 Entertainment of Dmitri M. Johnson.
Among the titles that dj2 Entertainment and Johnson previously completed include projects for television and theatres. For the small screen, their more recent titles are 2020 Rival Peak, 2019 Little Nightmares, and two titles for 2015, namely, Life is Strange, and Skulls of the Shogun.
For the big screen, they have 2022 We Need To Talk, 2020 Sonic the Hedgehog and its sequel in 2022.
Amazon Means To Build On Its Own Tomb Raider Universe
It is pretty noticeable that Johnson with dj2 Entertainment has a keen interest in adapting game franchises for tv and movies. Their Sonic movies starring Jim Carrey, James Marsden and Ben Schwartz were successful in delighting fans old and new.
The first movie will be released in February 2020. It racked in $302M at the worldwide box office from a production budget of $90M. Then the sequel in April 2022 pushed it a few notches higher at $402M from the same amount of production budget.
I remember the first time they tested the waters on their Sonic character design. They had to quickly change things up because of fan feedback. Definitely, the Sonic movies demonstrate that a movie adaptation of a well-loved video game, or characters from it, can return in multiple folds when done right.
People like well-written stories and characters who are true to their nature in the source material. Now people are waiting patiently for the third instalment, supposedly to arrive in 2024.
Tomb Raider is a film feature franchise that boosted Angelina Jolie’s A-List Hollywood actress status to legendary heights. Everybody can only think of her as Lara Croft. There was a time that her name equals the character in everyone’s mind.
The first movie Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, in 2001, performed better than the second film, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, in 2003. The third movie, Tomb Raider, came 15 years later, starring Alicia Vikander in the titular role.
The third movie outperformed the first two. Collectively, the three movies totalled $704M at the worldwide box office from a total production budget of $274M. On an average, a production budget for a Lara Croft movie makes nearly three times its amount at the box office.
Not bad at all.
New Tomb Raider Movie Soon To Arrive On Amazon
After Lord Of The Rings: The Rings Of Power, it would seem that building a world or creating a universe for Lara Croft will be right up Amazon’s alley.
The small and big screen adaptations have a wide array of resources available through the video games. If Amazon and dj2 Entertainment mean to create Lara Croft’s own world they could start from there.
The best example of faithfully adapting a video game into a series would be the currently running HBO series The Last Of Us. If Amazon and dj2 Entertainment can lift key elements and story from the video game and interpret it for the series and movie, then they are off to a great start.
An intelligent, athletic heiress trotting the globe for archaeological finds could bring adventure to a whole new level. Do you think Amazon and dj2 Entertainment can pull this off? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.
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