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Tomb Raider film reboot finally has a director

After years in development, it's making strides towards release

Tomb Raider's return to the silver screen has been five years in the making. Today, the film has finally named a director, bringing the project a little closer to reality.

The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that Roar Uthaug will helm the GK Films, Warner Bros. and MGM co-production, which still remains without a title or release date. The Norwegian director has yet to release a film outside of his homeland, with Tomb Raider proposed as his first Hollywood project.

While in February it was believed that Evan Daugherty of Divergent and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot would be writing the script, THR tells it differently. Geneva Robertson-Dworet, who wrote the upcoming fifth Transformers film, is said to be "in negotiations" for the screenplay.

THR indicates that Daugherty is no longer involved with the project, joining other one-time scribes like Marti Noxon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby (Iron Man).

The film entered development in 2011 and remained stuck in pre-production until MGM came on-board in 2013. Warner Bros. joined on this year, and a series of new announcements have trickled out since the studio became involved.

Very little else is known about Lara Croft's first big screen role since 2003's Cradle of Life; it's still undated and without a star. In 2013, Darrell Gallagher of current series developer Crystal Dynamics suggested that the film would be based upon that year's new Tomb Raider game, but it's unclear as to whether that remains the case.

On the gaming front, at least, Croft's still churning out starring roles: Rise of the Tomb Raider launched last week. You can read our review and watch two hours of gameplay below.

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