Phoebe Waller-Bridge to Pen New ‘Tomb Raider’ TV Series for Amazon
The most badass female protagonist in gaming history is finally returning after a long hiatus. Lara Croft is set to make a small screen debut, with Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power streamer Amazon bagging the rights for a new Tomb Raider TV series. The announcement comes amid a flurry of video game adaptions, including HBO’s uber-successful The Last of Us series and Amazon’s own Fallout series, which will land later this year.
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According to The Hollywood Reporter, the retail giant and streamer has bagged three-time Emmy award winner Phoebe Waller-Bridge to pen the script for an upcoming Tomb Raider TV series. The new report even mentions that Amazon plans to make a new Tomb Raider film and a minimum of one video game, in addition to the currently in-development TV series that will all be interconnected similar to the MCU.
In addition to her writing duties, Waller-Bridge will executive produce the show alongside Ryan Andolina (Amazon’s former head of comedy and drama), and Amanda Greenblatt (former head of overall deals). Dmitri M. Johnson, via his dj2 company, has acquired the rights to the IP and will be supervising the development of the franchise and executive producing the show.
This deal between Johnson and Amazon Prime is apparently “among the largest commitments at Amazon after Lord of the Rings.” Deadline reported in December last year that both Andolina and Greenblatt launched their own production house based at Amazon Studios. While details are being kept under tight wraps, this Waller-Bridge-led Tomb Raider TV series is currently said to be “in the development stages.”
No synopsis or plot details have been revealed yet and there’s also no word surrounding who will play the role of Lara Croft. The legendary character has been previously portrayed by Angelina Jolie, in 2001’s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and its 2003 sequel Lara Croft: Tomb Raider – The Cradle of Life. The film franchise was rebooted in 2018 with Alicia Vikander taking on the mantle.
The character of Lara Croft and the vision driving the Tomb Raider franchise have matured conceptually since the first game’s release back in 1996. The action-adventure game was a smash hit, leading to several commercial collaborations that further catapulted the IP to its now-iconic status. With Amazon breathing a new life into the Tomb Raider franchise, it will be interesting to see what new avenues the streamer will pursue to keep things relevant and fresh/entertaining at the same time.