Netflix unveiled that it is developing a brand new Tomb Raider anime series, and it will follow Lara after the events of Shadow of the Tomb Raider.
2021 marks the 25th anniversary of Tomb Raider, and Square Enix promises all sorts of celebrations surrounding the series in the coming months. This announcement arrives hot on the heels of the news that there will be a sequel to the Tomb Raider movie released in 2018. Alicia Vikander returns to play the role of the titular archaeologist, and TV writer, director and producer Misha Green will be directing.
The latter has proven her talent with Lovecraft Country, which got a "straight-to-series" order from HBO, and Underground, which broke records being the first American TV show that told the story of slavery and the Underground Railroad. The show was nominated for four NAACP Image Awards and a TCA Award for Outstanding New Program by the Television Critics Association.
The sequel is in very safe hands, in summary, and it will be Green's feature directorial debut which is even more exciting. On the other hand, the animated series commissioned by Netflix will be brought to life by Legendary, and occurs after the reboot trilogy comes to a close. At the moment, we don't know much more than that, but I could see Camilla Luddington reprising her role from the games in this new undertaking. It could be an opportunity for a new actor to step into Lara Croft's combat boots, also. Imaginably, Netflix and Square Enix will be holding off on revealing everything about the anticipated project in order to make the most of the 25th anniversary celebrations, so we'll keep you updated as we learn more.
If the sequel and the series weren't enough, developer Crystal Dynamics has its nose to the grindstone writing a new chapter in Lara's story. Interestingly, its aim with this game is to weave together the originals for the PlayStation and the recent reboot trilogy for a cohesive and unique Tomb Raider experience. "We envision the future of Tomb Raider unfolding after [the rebooted trilogy], telling stories that build upon both the breadth of Core Design and Crystal Dynamics' games, looking to unify these timelines," said franchise game director Will Kerslake. "With Tomb Raider's extensive history, this is not an easy task, and we ask for patience as we go through the process."
Square Enix has confirmed that there will be no game-related news in the works for this year, and based on Kerslake's statement, we might be waiting until 2022 for a glimpse of how the game is going. However, there's more in store for the Tomb Raider community.
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