It’s been a few years now since it was officially announced that GK Films had acquired the big screen rights to the Tomb Raider video game series with the intention of the rebooting the movie franchise. At the time, they were hoping to have a new movie in theatres by 2013, but that obviously didn’t happen. Now that the release of the new game Rise of the Tomb Raider is just a couple of months away, however, we’re starting to see some movement on the project once again. Apparently there is a shortlist of potential directors out there that has now been narrowed down to three possibilities. And, as it turns out, all of them are women.
According to The Tracking Board, Warner Bros., MGM, GK Films and Eidos Interactive have narrowed down their list of directors for the Tomb Raider reboot to the following three filmmakers:
- Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty)
- Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight, Lords of Dogtown)
- Mimi Leder (Deep Impact, The Peacemaker)
Apparently veteran TV director Tricia Brock (The Walking Dead, Girls) had been attached to direct up until recently, but has since passed on it. The producers are still reportedly hoping to recruit “a Michelle MacLaren type” for the project, although if that’s the case I have no idea why Kathryn Bigelow is anywhere near this list. She’s a big name and she probably has better things to do. On the other hand, Mimi Leder has been working almost exclusively in television over the past decade or so and perhaps she would be an ideal choice. The script was written by Evan Daugherty (Divergent, Snow White and the Huntsman). Who would you like to see direct a new Tomb Raider movie?