AV Club reports MGM just hired TV writer, director, and producer Misha Green to write and direct the second Tomb Raider movie. Alicia Vikander will be returning as the heroic archeologist Lara Croft. Green is best known for Lovecraft Country, an adaptation of a horror novel by Matt Ruff she helped develop for HBO. Before that, she created the historical drama Underground, produced the SF series Helix and worked as a staff writer on Heroes and Sons of Anarchy.
There were two Tomb Raider movies in the early 2000s, featuring Angelina Jolie in the lead role. The third film, released in 2018, was a reboot, taking inspiration from the 2013 Tomb Raider computer game that took the same approach to the a venerable franchise. Directed by Roar Uthaug, Tomb Raider grossed almost $275 million in cinemas, despite tepid reactions by the critics. The studio first announced the sequel in 2019, with Amy Jump as the screenwriter and her husband and collaborator Ben Wheatley directing. The filming was to take place in 2020 but had to be canceled due to the pandemic, leading to Wheatley and Jump leaving the project.