Lara Croft is fighting her way back to theaters in 2018 in what everyone involved hopes to be the start of another rebooted franchise. The MGM/GK Films/Warner Bros’ Tomb Raider, which stars Alicia Vikander, just landed a March 16, 2018, release date from the studio. There was an untitled DC Comics film in the spot — long rumored to be The Flash — that Croft moves aside, but not much else is on the March schedule in 2018. One week prior, Disney has scheduled the Wreck-It Ralph sequel but it is for a different audience.
Meanwhile, Warner Bros.’ Unforgettable — the Denise Di Novi dramatic thriller that stars Katherine Heigl and Rosario Dawson — has been slated for April 21, 2017. Universal’s Furious 8 crashes into megaplexes one week before.
As for Tomb Raider, Roar Uthaug (The Wave) is directing and Graham King is producing the film that will tell the story of the young and untested Croft on her first adventure. MGM and Warner Bros are co-producing, having acquired the rights from GK Films (they had gotten the rights in 2011 from Square Enix Ltd).
The first Lara Croft: Tomb Raider starred daughter/father Angelina Jolie and Jon Voight and opened to a big $47.7M in June of 2001 before grossing $131.1M domestically and ending up grabbing $274.7M worldwide. That prompted another Tomb Raider movie — Lara Croft: Tomb Raider: The Cradle of LIfe in 2003 in which Jolie reprised her role, but this time opposite Gerard Butler. That one opened to a lesser $21.7M in July and went onto gross $65.6M domestically and $156.5M worldwide.
The original Tomb Raider game was published in 1996 by the London-based video game company Eidos before becoming one of the most successful video games of the time. Eidos (including Crystal Dynamics) is now part of an international interactive entertainment group, Square Enix.
And the Tomb Raider games just keep coming. The Rise of the Tomb Raider is on shelves now in North America, Europe, and Japan.
The Tomb Raider franchise has also sold over 45 million copies worldwide, and the latest installment is from developer Crystal Dynamics.