Earlier this summer, we reported that Warner Bros. and MGM are seeking a female director for their upcoming Tomb Raider reboot, which was written by Evan Daugherty (Divergent, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles). That report revealed the studios were seeing a "Michelle MacLaren-type," referring to the Breaking Bad director Michelle MacLaren, who was initially attached to direct Wonder Woman before she parted ways with the project. Today we have a new report from The Tracking Board, which claims that Kathryn Bigelow, Catherine Hardwicke and Mimi Leder are the front runners for this directorial gig.
The site also reports that Tricia Brock, a prolific TV director who has directed episodes of The Walking Dead, Girls, Mr. Robot and Orange Is the New Black, was thought to be attached to direct, although sources claim she eventually passed on Tomb Raider. No plot details have been released at this time, but sources claim that this project will feature a much younger version of Lara Croft. Ironically, Kathryn Bigelow, Catherine Hardwicke and Mimi Leder were also on Warner Bros.' short list of directorial candidates for Wonder Woman.
Angelina Jolie starred in 2001's Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, which is still the only video game adaptation to earn more than $100 million at the domestic box office, with $131.1 million domestic and $274.7 million worldwide. That action-adventure spawned the 2003 sequel Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle Of Life, which earned $65.6 million domestic and $156.5 million worldwide. The video game series followed Lara on her whirlwind adventures while she tracked down priceless artifacts and battled supernatural beings along the way.
Warner Bros. will co-distribute Tomb Raider with MGM, with GK Films' Graham King producing. No production schedule was given, but the reboot is said to be on the fast track, with "strong progress to production language" in the producers' contract with video game publisher Square Enix. We'll have to see how long it will take the studio to bring a director on board, but it seems unlikely that shooting will begin this year.
Kathryn Bigelow hasn't directed a film since her Oscar-nominated drama Zero Dark Thirty back in 2012, but we reported last year she's developing a biopic on U.S. Army soldier Bowe Bergdahl, who had been captured by the Taliban after wandering off his base. Last year, the U.S. set free five Taliban prisoners in exchange for the release of Bowe Bergdahl, who spent five years in captivity. Catherine Hardwicke's latest offering, Miss You Already, hits theaters November 6, while Mimi Leder has been keeping busy on the small screen, serving as executive producer and director of HBO's The Leftovers.