Alicia Vikander Gives Tomb Raider Sequel Update: ‘It’s Kind of in Someone Else’s Hands’

There has been constant speculation about the status of the sequel to 2018’s Tomb Raider reboot starring Alicia Vikander, and according to the star, it is not good news for those expecting to see Lara Croft return to screens anytime soon. While the sequel appeared to go into development in 2019, there has been no mention of the movie since other than a few snippets from interviews when Vikander has been asked about the progress. While she has previously commented that the film has been slowly moving along, it seems that the recent MGM and Amazon merger has sent the project into limbo.

There is no doubt that Misha Green, who was last said to be in talks to write and direct the sequel, and Vikander are still on board the project, but the question seems to be when it moves ahead again, if at all. While the delay seems to be similar to that faced by many projects following Disney’s merger with Fox, there is no way of telling which way the decision will end up going. Vikander recently told Entertainment Weekly:

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“With the MGM and Amazon buyout, I have no clue. Now it’s kind of politics. I think Misha and I have been ready, so it’s kind of in somebody else’s hands, to be honest. I’ve been excited to show the world. I love what she’s done with Lovecraft Country.”

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While there were mixed reviews of Tomb Raider on its release, the film has continued to be a firm favorite among movie fans, and even beat out the popular Sonic the Hedgehog to be named the best video game movie in a survey conducted by Compare the Market in the U.K. Considering the popularity of the latest iteration of Sonic was at its highest at the time, this was no mean feat to achieve.

When the movie arrived in cinemas in 2018, the reboot of the Lara Croft franchise replaced the buxom brunette seen in the original Tomb Raider games and was later portrayed on screen by Angelina Jolie in two movies with a more rugged and real version of Lara Croft, similar to that seen in more recent games featuring the adventurer. Even though critics offered a lot of negative comments about the film, audiences were more on board, and the film was a commercial success with a $274 million gross on the back of its $90 million budget.

In May last year, it seemed that a sequel was well on the way, with Green sharing a possible title of Tomb Raider: Obsidian and commenting that a first draft of the script was done. With so much work seemingly already completed on the project, it would certainly be a shame to not see the film go into full production, but it looks like all anyone can do for now is sit and wait to see what the powers that be at MGM and Amazon decide to do with the IP.