Per Deadline, MGM has set Misha Green to write and make her feature directorial debut on the upcoming Tomb Raider sequel that will see Alicia Vikander reprising her role as Lara Croft.
Green created and directed the breakout HBO series Lovecraft Country, which stars Jurnee Smollett, Jonathan Majors, and Michael Kenneth Williams and is based on Matt Ruff‘s novel. She also wrote The Mother, which recently sold to Netflix in a competitive bidding war.
Prior to Lovecraft Country, she co-created, executive produced and wrote the series Underground, which was the first scripted U.S. television show that focused on slavery and the Underground Railroad. The series was nominated for four NAACP Image Awards and a TCA Award for Outstanding New Program by the Television Critics Association.
So clearly Green is talented and has plenty of experience under her belt, which should be useful when directing a big-budget project like the Tomb Raider sequel. The first film was pretty forgettable and barely broke even at the box office, so Green has a huge opportunity to help craft the franchise in her own image and guide it into the future.
In fact, none of the three Tomb Raider movies have been particularly well received, so bringing Green in can hopefully add a jolt of fresh inspiration for a franchise that, thus far, hasn’t been able to match the legacy of its video game origins. The studio has confirmed that the film will get a theatrical release when it’s ready to go, although a release date has not yet been set.