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Amazon Building A Tomb Raider Franchise

According to a recent report by THR Amazon are building a Tomb Raider franchise. I’m sure I don’t need to explain who, or what Tomb Raider is. Not with all the various adaptations we’ve had since the original video games. So far the franchise has had hits and misses, however it seems Amazon is about to try again. As per the trade.

Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the retail giant and streamer has teamed with Dmitri M. Johnson’s dj2 Entertainment for a massive rights deal to make a Tomb Raider feature film, in addition to the newly announced TV series from Phoebe Waller-Bridge and at least one video game in the Lara Croft franchise.

The idea is to build out a connected world of Tomb Raider, with the video game, TV series and film all interconnected in a fashion akin to what Marvel has already accomplished. The Tomb Raider video game was announced in December, with additional games in the franchise considered likely.

One source with knowledge of the pact described it as being among the largest commitments at Amazon after Lord of the Rings. By comparison, Amazon is estimated to have spent $250 million on rights alone to Lord of the Rings, with that deal covering a multiple-season show (The Rings of Power) as well as spinoffs.

Reps for Amazon and reps for Johnson declined to comment.

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Now the trade also has a bit more information on Waller-Bridge. They say whilst Phoebe Waller-Bridge is writing the TV series, she is not attached to the movie or game.

A bit more detail about how the deal came about is below.

Johnson’s dj2 Entertainment put together the deal for the Tomb Raider anime series at Netflix, which included a two-season order. The company has spent the past year-plus working out rights to the property. Last year, Crystal Dynamics regained control of the rights to the Tomb Raider games after Embracer completed its acquisition of Square Enix assets.

So get ready folks, because Amazon is building a Tomb Raider franchise. What do you think of this news, excited, underwhelmed, or wait and see? Thoughts below as always.

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