Amazon Announces Tomb Raider Movie in the Works

Amazon Announces Tomb Raider Movie in the Works

Promotional art for Rise of the Tomb Raider.

Image: Crystal Dynamics/Square Enix

It was announced yesterday that Prime Video’s Phoebe Waller-Bridge is creating a TV adaptation for Crystal Dynamics’ long-running Tomb Runner franchise. In itself, this information would not be very surprising; Amazon has a habit of customizing things, and we’re in a time where every single game seems to be becoming a TV or movie.

But this news came before additional information from revealed that the streamer also plans to include a Tomb Raider movie in the mix. It will be the first film since 2018 to cinematically revisit the 2010s reboot games starring Alicia Vikander and Walton Goggins, and comes after the Tomb Raider film rights were awarded last year. This film is said to be part of a larger effort by Amazon to create an interconnected Tomb Raider universe. The film will be linked to Waller-Bridge’s TV show, and both will be linked to Crystal Dynamics’ upcoming Tomb Raider game, which Amazon plans to release for PC and consoles. And it’s likely that future games, either from Crystal Dynamics or other studios, will be tied to this universe the streamer is cooking up.

Sources speaking to THR commented that Tomb Raider is one of Amazon’s biggest commitments right now, which is saying something given that the tech giant has spent hundreds of millions on the Lord of the Rings TV rights. The only piece of Lara Croft-related media that doesn’t seem to be factoring in much into Amazon’s plans is the Tomb Raider anime over at Netflix, which was announced back in 2021 and will (last we checked) star Haley Atwell as the treasure hunter.

What does a Tomb Raider universe look like? I guess we’ll find out when Amazon releases more information about the show or movie — or when Crystal Dynamics offers some kind of teasing about what’s in store for Lara Croft’s return.

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