Update: THR adds that Amazon is also developing a Tomb Raider movie from producer Dmitri Johnson, whose company dj2 had secured the rights to the IP, and who has spent the past year working on this deal. He signed a first-look deal with Amazon last February. Phoebe Waller-Bridge could become involved in that feature project at a later time, but as of right now, she is not involved with the movie or the upcoming Tomb Raider video game.
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A new Tomb Raider series is in the works at Amazon Prime Video from its Emmy-winning Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge, though it’s unclear whether she also plans to star as heroine Lara Croft.
Waller-Bridge will write the Tomb Raider series and executive produce under her overall deal with Amazon alongside the streamer’s former execs Ryan Andolina (head of comedy and drama) and Amanda Greenblatt (head of overall deals), who launched their own production company in the wake of their exits and have a deal with Amazon.
Based on the immensely popular video game, Tomb Raider is one of several projects that Waller-Bridge is developing at Amazon, including an adaptation of Claudia Lux‘s book Sign Here, which the author will adapt herself. She did, however, step away from the streamer’s TV adaptation of Mr. & Mrs. Smith, which would’ve paired her with Donald Glover. Unfortunately, the two stars had creative differences, though they reportedly remain friendly.
In terms of live-action adaptations, Lara Croft was originally played by Angelina Jolie, while fellow Oscar winner Alicia Vikander inherited the role in 2018. The video game character has been voiced by Camilla Luddington, Keeley Hawes, and Minnie Driver, though Hayley Atwell voiced Lara in Netflix’s recent anime series.
Waller-Bridge will soon be seen opposite Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones 5, and as noted by the Hollywood Reporter, which broke the Tomb Raider news, Amazon was particularly aggressive in convincing her to renew her deal, which was due to expire at the end of last year. Waller-Bridge’s additional TV credits include HBO’s Run and the award-winning series Killing Eve, and she also co-wrote Daniel Craig‘s final James Bond movie No Time to Die.
She’s represented by UTA, Hatton McEwan Penford, and Independent Talent Group.