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GeekOfComedy 03-08-22 17:15

Ironic if Amazon is bidding on this! As I wrote years ago on this forum, I told you Green was a DeLuca pick. It seems the real issue stemmed from the Glickman leadership of post-2018 movie. I'm glad they didn't move forward with Ben Wheatley if it was just a traditional action'er. I think you need something different to survive in the cinema's today. Also SQUARE ENIX ****ing everything up yet again.

Warners could be likely as they need new IP if DC is on it's way out and they're clearing that deck to reboot it - yet again.

I still hope of course, Alicia Vikander stays on this. I posted my casting list in the other thread and it's so bleak in the sense I just don't know of any current actresses who can top Alicia Vikander unless they get Angelina back but as this says; it's not a possibility under GK Films!

BTW; this doesn't say Vikander and Green were fighting; they just had creative issues over aspects of the script - that is so normal for any films where your name is plastered on it because even if you're just an actor - your the face of it!

Oh, but this article confirms it'll be a movie - not a series. The main reason I'm championing Vikander is having done the LIVE EXPERIENCE in London I got a taste of her more mature Lara and it was good ****, like she delivered and it was fresh, she wasn't like Keeley or Jonnell etc.


The studio lost the property after a May 1 deadline to start cameras rolling came and went

Studios cling to their intellectual properties with an iron grip. So how in the world did MGM lose the rights to the video game franchise “Tomb Raider,” as TheWrap exclusively reported last week, just as the studio was changing hands to their new owners at Amazon?

MGM had a May 1 deadline for when principal photography needed to begin on a “Tomb Raider” sequel, according to the deal signed by the studio in 2013. But insiders who spoke to TheWrap cited a large production budget on the latest version of writer-director Misha Green’s script that delayed plans, along with disagreements over the script between the star, Alicia Vikander, and Green.

The subsequent loss of Tomb Raider has left everyone involved with the project disappointed and pointing fingers.

MGM moved with no levels of urgency,one frustrated executive on the project said, adding that even as the deadline loomed, MGM was eyeing a production start for 2023. They had a window they missed; Theoretically, this was an MGM f&#k up.

The they, in that equation would be MGM Motion Picture Group Chairman Mike De Luca and President Pam Abdy, who were shepherding the project, but ended up exiting their roles just days before the May 1 deadline. Still, De Luca and Abdy were at the studio for only two years, and the project was nowhere near ready to move forward in 2020 when they arrived.

An individual with knowledge of their thinking told TheWrap that the fault lay with previous studio leadership, years of useless development; that didn’t satisfy the studio or producer Graham King. The studio was previously run by Jonathan Glickman. Glickman declined to comment for this story.

The new studio chiefs tried to jump start the project with a new script by Green, but Vikander had problems with it and the clock ran out; while she and the writer-director were in discussions, according to the individual.

There was a pre-negotiated ticking clock that had been agreed to, and there was no way to rescue it in time, the individual said. The individual added that MGM had “asked the rights holders for more time but their patience had run out.” The original rights were held by game developer Square Enix.

However, a veteran Hollywood insider disputed that two years wasn’t enough to meet the deadline. Certainly two years is long enough to get a movie to a starting date if it’s a tentpole, said this veteran. Films have gotten there faster in the past.

Hollywood insiders were shocked that MGM would lose the rights to such an important franchise.

As a general matter, it is very surprising to see any franchise movie come to market because of a lapse of an option or a lapse in the rights, Nick Soltman, a partner with Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump Holley, said. Normally, the option is tied to the commencement of principal photography by a certain date. It can also be tied to a green light, which would require principal actors engaged and maybe an approved script and approved budget. It depends on the studio, what it qualifies as a green light. It stands to reason that some or all of that was missing here.

The timing of the project’s deadline coincided with a change of leadership at MGM and that may have played a role. Many were surprised when De Luca and Abdy exited their roles in late April after MGM was acquired earlier this year by Amazon in an $8.5 billion deal. De Luca was said to be leaving the studio on his own accord, but many questioned why the executive, who only joined in 2020, would want to leave, unless Amazon was forcing the move.

The deadline to start production on Tomb Raider was just days later, on May 1.

An individual with knowledge of the production said that prior to Green coming aboard, another director, Ben Wheatley, had delivered a more traditional action movie script with Vikander still attached to star.

In January 2021, the new studio chiefs handed control of the movie over to Lovecraft Country; showrunner Green, who would have been making her directorial debut. She submitted a script that the studio was committed to making but the project had become far more expensive, the individual with knowledge of the project said.

Representatives for MGM and Green didn’t return TheWrap’s requests for comments. De Luca and Abdy also didn’t respond to requests for comments.

Multiple studios are now engaged in a bidding war for the Tomb Raider film rights, though without Vikander attached as hero Lara Croft. Those who spoke to TheWrap said the interested parties include Netflix, which has an animated Tomb Raider series in the works, and Warner Bros., which would be ironic should it land with new film heads De Luca and Abdy after they previously controlled the Tomb Raider project at MGM.

An executive with knowledge of the project said Amazon would be likely to bid as well.

Tomb Raider was by no means a box office smash, earning $275 million at the global box office, but it was hardly a failure either and performed fairly in the home market after its theatrical release. And the rights to the long-running and wildly popular adventure video game franchise is still an attractive piece of IP.

The future of Tomb Raider; as a film franchise, though, may be uncertain for other reasons. After the rights reverted to game developer Square Enix (now owned by Embracer Group), the gaming company struck a deal with producer King and his GK Films to rep the IP and shop the rights. This came after King had originally acquired the Tomb Raider rights from Square Enix in 2011. But King only holds the film rights to the Tomb Raider; property and not to adaptations in any other medium, and he doesn’t have a contractual connection to the original movie adaptations with Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft from back in 2001 and 2003.

It leaves King with a short window of potentially just weeks to sell the movie and find it a new home.

Rai 03-08-22 17:18

Wow, last we heard Alicia and Misha were getting along well and looking forward to working together on the movie. What a turn in events. MGM really were dragging their feet on the sequel, though it seems budget was an issue. Lets hope a new studio will pick up the rights and move swiftly to get a movie back on track.

Like you, Tonyrobinson, I hope G K Films still consider Alicia for the role.

TombRaiderLover 03-08-22 18:23

I'm so tired.

Tonyrobinson 03-08-22 18:30

So HOPEFULLY from what I understand is that they want this film made pretty quickly. Graham King doesn't want to dawdle with this franchise and wants progress to happen and happen fast especially if there is just weeks to complete the deal.

If it goes to Amazon then that will be ironic, also Michael DeLuca is at Warner Bros now so that's another sort of indication it could go back to him but given how they just treated Batgirl I don't know if I'd want that.

GeekOfComedy 03-08-22 18:36

I do like how ambitious Green's film sounded if it was going over budget - I mean Wheatley's version must have been bland AF if it was a traditional action film that they were quickly just going to make and cash in on. :vlol:

Tonyrobinson 03-08-22 18:43

I think rom what we now know to be true of Ben's script it was based on Shadow which would've followed that and came before all the talk of unifying the timeline.

I'd like to have seen what Misha was going to do but it doesn't sound like Alicia wanted that. I'm hoping that Alicia pushed for a more classic approach to the story and character because she expressed before that's what she wanted. On the other hand maybe Alicia's tastes preferred the straightforward vision that Ben and Amy were making and Misha couldve wrote something adventure or sci fi while she wanted something more actiony.

I guess we will never know who is more valued in the situation because Graham King didn't seem satisfied with keeping either of them involved when packaging it.

Bottom line to take away from this is Graham King atleast seems to care about the franchise and wants a hit.

Ellioft 03-08-22 18:48

I really hope they keep Vikander :(

Rai 03-08-22 19:15

Didn't they hire someone to specifically tidy up the action scenes Misha had written? Maybe she was struggling with getting those down. I do wonder now in what Alicia and Misha were in "discussions" over. It does sound like there was a final draft in place.

@TombRaiderLover, me too, me too.

joona 03-08-22 19:45

So maybe Alicia is not completely out…?
If they want to go with the unification, Alicia fits for that too. And the sequel doesn’t have to continue where the first one left off. Just make a fresh story with Alicia as more experienced Lara :(

GeekOfComedy 03-08-22 19:52

Have to say if Netflix, Warner Brothers and Amazon "MGM" :rolleyes: are the buyers then Vikander and Green will easily re-team. Why?

Netflix: Releasing an Action Movie with Jennifer Lopez this fall written by Misha Green. If it's a hit, they'll get her to write TOMB RAIDER. They want top talent; you have Alicia Vikander back. Downside: Streaming.

Warner Brothers: Michael DeLuca likes working with high calibre talent and he put Misha Green on the project under his leadership and so he'll take an Oscar winner like Vikander too because that's what made his career in the early days with Paul Thomas Anderson etc. Upside: Theatrical release, they've cancelled Batgirl and Scooby Doo because their getting rid of their streaming service so their exclusively in the Theatrical release model now.

Amazon MGM: Just obviously pick up where they left off because it is confirmed now that it will be a movie as that's all GK has the rights for so we need a movie star and not TV level talent.

I think having no Star commitments was just GK's way of getting as many buyers as possible but if those are the three buyers at war; either way it's likely just going back to Vikander and maybe Green.

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