Ben Wheatley to Direct Tomb Raider 2


MGM’s Tomb Raider reboot was seen as a bit of a disappointment last year, earning just $274 million worldwide on a $96 million budget. Ironically, that is almost exactly the same amount that Angelina Jolie’s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider made back in 2001, which was one of the biggest hits of that year. It’s funny how far the goal posts have moved in the past two decades. That being said, MGM is still pushing forward with a sequel and they have recruited a very interesting and unexpected director to make it happen: Ben Wheatley, the man behind such blood-soaked genre entries as Kill List and Free Fire. Hit the jump for more details.

According to Deadline, Ben Wheatley will direct Tomb Raider 2 for MGM and GK Films, taking over for Norwegian filmmaker Roar Uthaug, who helmed the original. Alicia Vikander will return in the lead role while Wheatley’s writing and producing partner Amy Jump will pen the script. The movie is scheduled to hit theatres on March 19th, 2021.

Wheatley has been rumoured for some big budget studio projects for a while now including a Marvel movie so it was probably just a matter of time before he found one that suited his sensibilities. In a way, Tomb Raider makes sense because it is more of a mid-range genre movie and they are probably giving him a lot more freedom than, say, Marvel would. Wheatley is currently putting the finishing touches on a Rebecca remake and he also has a recently announced zombie series in the works called Generation Z. Does this news make you more excited for Tomb Raider 2?

  • Jake

    I guess you guys will need to get diving in that dumpster and review the first one now, lol. I still haven’t seen it myself, and the sequel was definitely nothing I was anticipating but this is interesting. I almost feel like it is too good to be true though. Kind of like all those stories of David Fincher joining World War Z 2, or David O. Russell being attached to Uncharted. I was actually looking forward to Uncharted again when Dan Trachtenberg joined, but also read this week that he’s not directing it any longer. Hopefully Wheatley ends up staying on TR2.

  • bobsponge42

    $274m in 2001 is around $397m today. So the last one was definitely a disappointment in that regard.

  • Fletcher Thomas

    Alicia Vikander is very attractive.

  • Made more money than Spielberg’s A.I. though. Ranking at #15 domestically and worldwide for 2001 isn’t that bad, although considering the hefty budget it surely didn’t draw a lot of profit (if any).

  • Beat_C

    there’s gonna be a sequel to this turd? oh dear.

  • Ben Bueno

    Very weird choice, but good for him, pay those bills Ben!