Bad news for Tomb Raider movie sequel from star Alicia Vikander

Alicia Vikander, who played Lara Croft in the most recent Tomb Raider film, has some bad news about the in development sequel.

In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Vikander says that the follow up to the 2018 film adaptation is effectively in limbo. The Tomb Raider sequel was originally set to begin production in 2020 and was understandably delayed by the global pandemic. However, Vikander adds that the current hold up likely has to do with Amazon’s multi-billion dollar acquisition of MGM Studios in March.

“With the MGM and Amazon buyout, I have no clue. Now it’s kind of politics,” Vikander states. “I think Misha and I have been ready, so it’s kind of in somebody else’s hands, to be honest.” Misha Green, known for co-creating Lovecraft Country, was set to write and direct the sequel.

When asked for any details about the sequel, Vikander said that she “can’t really say” much about Green’s interpretation of Croft, likely to avoid spoilers if the movie does still get made. However, Vikander said “I’ve been excited to show the world,” with respect to what Green is working on for Tomb Raider 2 and “I love what she’s done with Lovecraft Country.”

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“I hope we go and make another movie. Because of the pandemic, we had plans of shooting this film, and now it’s been one and a half years, but Misha Green is on board, and she’s writing a draft right now,” Vikander said. “It’s pretty amazing — we’re, like, the same age! I was like, ‘Oh, I’m just now on a Zoom with an extremely talented woman that I think has done some incredible work.’ It would be so amazing if we get to go and do this very big-ass film together, going to kick some ass in front of the camera and behind the camera, you know?”

The first (and possibly only) installment of this series was directed by Roar Uthaug and was adapted in large part from Tomb Raider, the 2013 reboot of the video game series that introduced a more ‘grounded’ version of the iconic heroine. And while it came up short in the US, making only $58 million, it did way better in the international markets making $216.4 million with a global result of $275 million. Previous to the 2018 film, Angelina Jolie portrayed the character in two films, 2001’s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and 2003’s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider – The Cradle of Life.

In other Tomb Raider related news, Square Enix recently sold the franchise, together with its developers Crystal Dynamics and Eidos Montreal alongside other notable studios and IPs, to the Embracer Group for $300 million.