Phoebe Waller-Bridge Developing Tomb Raider Series For Amazon
Phoebe Waller-Bridge signed a deal with Amazon last year to produce exclusive original content for them, and as of today, we now know what the first of those will be. Surprisingly, it’s a Tomb Raider TV show. As reported by THR, Phoebe is writing the episodes and serving as executive producer, but is not playing Lara herself. She’s a bit too old to play the svelte adventurer.
Waller-Bridge tends to do good work. She’s most famous for creating and starring in Fleabag, but she was also responsible for the first season of Killing Eve (which turned out to be the best season) and she has her hands in Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny (who knows how that will turn out). Having her involved with Tomb Raider is kind of a curve. We know a lot of filmmakers have struggled to make Lara work as a film character.
The problem with Lara Croft is a problem with video game characters in general: they are power fantasies for the player and tend to have very little flaws, which isn’t very interesting removed from a video game’s context. If you change this, you run the risk of making the character unrecognizable. I’m interested to find out if Waller-Bridge can discover a solution to this problem.
You might be thinking, “Didn’t I already hear about a Tomb Raider TV show?” Yes, but that one stars Hayley Atwell (Agent Carter), it’s an anime, and it’s in development for Netflix, not Amazon. This does mean that Lara could be appearing on two different services at once. Rights are a weird thing.
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