Last year, it was announced that the next Tomb Raider game would be published by Amazon, with Crystal Dynamics returning to development. Now, according to a source in The Hollywood Reporter, (opens in new tab), the Tomb Raider television series is in development on Amazon Prime, with Phoebe Waller-Bridge joining as writer and executive producer. Waller-Bridge previously wrote and starred in Fleabag, was the showrunner for Killing Eve’s first series, and was the screenwriter for his last James Bond film, No Time To Die.
Though she’s been in movies like Solo: A Star Wars Story and is set to appear in the upcoming Indiana Jones, Waller-Bridge clearly isn’t playing Lara Croft. role of Vikander.
That’s not all.Amazon is also coming with movies (opens in new tab), tied to both the series and the game to “build the connected world of Tomb Raider”. (MGM lost the rights to Tomb Raider when the Vikander film’s planned sequel fell through.)
To make things even more complicated, Netflix is also working on a Tomb Raider series, announcing an animated version with Powerhouse, the studio that animated Castlevania. Lara Croft will be voiced by Hayley Atwell, who has played Peggy Carter in various Marvel projects. It will likely run this year and has been described as an attempt to unify the timelines of existing versions of the character.
Amazon is currently producing a TV series based on the Fallout game, which will begin filming in July 2022. One of them stars Justified’s Walton Goggins, who happened to play an archaeologist in the 2018 Tomb Raider movie. No one knows which direction to go with Tomb Raider, it builds on Waller-Bridge’s predecessor and hopefully has a good sense of humor.