Amid fresh speculation over the video game film adaptation Warcraft, another movie of the same genre has gotten its director shortlist. Many names on the list will be familiar to movie fans, so let’s take a look at who is currently in the running:
- Katheryn Bigelow – The Academy Award winning director of the Hurt Locker is also well known for her 90s films Point Break and Strange Days. Bigelow is on many lists at present as a potential director of female led films and was at one point rumoured to be in the running for Wonder Woman’s 2017 standalone film. Of course, with the rather small pool of well known female directors in Hollywood, over lap of these types of projects is inevitable.
- Catherine Hardwicke – Another relatively well known director here, her recent work may not be so fondly remembered by some. After directing the first Twilight film Hardwicke has steered clear of major franchises, focusing on smaller projects and short films. Among her well known works are Red Riding Hood (2011) and Academy Award-nominated Thirteen (2003).
- Mimi Leder – Not as big of a name as the previous two, Leder’s work has mostly been on the small screen with L.A. Law, John Doe and Shameless. She has however worked with bigger films such as Deep Impact (1998) and Pay It Forward (2000).
- [PASSED] Tricia Brock – Has now formally passed on the job and is therefore no longer in the running. She is an acclaimed director of some of the best episodes of Breaking Bad as well as episodes from The Walking Dead (TV series), Gossip Girl and Grey’s Anatomy.
The script for the film is rumoured to have recently been finished by Evan Daugherty, the writer for Teenage Mutant Ninjia Turtles, Divergent and Snow White and the Huntsman, and it’s this that is thought to have kick-started the hunt for a director. Tomb Raider (2017) will join Warcraft (2016), Assassin’s Creed (2016), Ratchet and Clank (2016), and Uncharted (TBA) on the list of video game adaptations coming out in the near future.
Some of you may remember the not so well received Tomb Raider film from 2001, starring Angelina Jolie in the title role. It remains, despite its poor critical reception, the highest-grossing action heroine film to date. A sequel was released in 2003 but it did not enjoy the same financial success as the first film.
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