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MGM rumored to be seeking female director for Tomb Raider reboot

07.01.2015

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Last we knew, the TOMB RAIDER movie reboot was getting fast-tracked with some help from Warner Bros. and screenwriter Evan Daugherty (TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, DIVERGENT). HH is reporting that Daugherty's script is currently out to filmmakers, and MGM is looking for a female director for the project. The site says they've heard that the studio is seeking "a Michelle MacLaren type" to helm the reboot.

If MGM is searching for a "Michelle MacLaren type" filmmaker, there are a few different options out there, including the former WONDER WOMAN director herself. Although it's been rumored she's being eyed to replace Josh Trank on the second STAR WARS ANTHOLOGY film, MacLaren hasn't officially landed a new directing gig since exiting the DC Comics movie.

While this is only a rumor, MGM probably wants to hire a filmmaker for the reboot sooner than later, so we should expect to hear a director announcement in the coming months, and hopefully the project doesn't run into the same problems as Sony's UNCHARTED movie. Which director do you think would be the best fit for TOMB RAIDER?

Source: HH

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6:42PM on 07/01/2015
I m pretty sure Gareth Evans or Isaac Florentine are girls. Hire them!
I m pretty sure Gareth Evans or Isaac Florentine are girls. Hire them!
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12:35PM on 07/01/2015
How about fostering good talented (affordable) directors, regardless of who they are and where they come from? There are, no doubt, talented female directors in the industry; if one of them is actually right for the job, hire her. Not just for a Tomb Raider movie, but for anything. It shouldn't matter, one way or the other.
How about fostering good talented (affordable) directors, regardless of who they are and where they come from? There are, no doubt, talented female directors in the industry; if one of them is actually right for the job, hire her. Not just for a Tomb Raider movie, but for anything. It shouldn't matter, one way or the other.
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11:27AM on 07/01/2015

On the surface it sounds like good news for diversity...

... but it's actually bad news. It means studios still thinks female directors can only direct specific, women-oriented movies. When we see a woman direct a male superhero film, then a step forward will have been made.
... but it's actually bad news. It means studios still thinks female directors can only direct specific, women-oriented movies. When we see a woman direct a male superhero film, then a step forward will have been made.
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11:14AM on 07/01/2015
I couldn't care less about the genitalia that the director will be carrying between their legs.

My only interest is that a good storyteller is employed.
I couldn't care less about the genitalia that the director will be carrying between their legs.

My only interest is that a good storyteller is employed.
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10:53AM on 07/01/2015
i know they want a female director but i would love to see Luc Besson's take on Tomb Raider.
i know they want a female director but i would love to see Luc Besson's take on Tomb Raider.
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10:33AM on 07/01/2015
I think it's pointless to find a female director to direct a female protagonist movie or a male director for a male protagonist. If a director knows what he or she is doing and do it well, let him or her have the job.
I think it's pointless to find a female director to direct a female protagonist movie or a male director for a male protagonist. If a director knows what he or she is doing and do it well, let him or her have the job.
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9:39AM on 07/01/2015

A new TR flick could be interesting, but...

Why does it have to be a female director? Why not just whoever is best, instead of mandating that to begin with? Great female directors have directed films centered around male protagonists and great male directors have helmed great female-centered films. I'm 100% in favor of female directors getting the same opportunities, but I don't think this is the way to do it.
Why does it have to be a female director? Why not just whoever is best, instead of mandating that to begin with? Great female directors have directed films centered around male protagonists and great male directors have helmed great female-centered films. I'm 100% in favor of female directors getting the same opportunities, but I don't think this is the way to do it.
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11:13AM on 07/01/2015
Because that wouldn't be politically correct.
Because that wouldn't be politically correct.
9:35AM on 07/01/2015

why ?

why a woman to direct a woman movie (Tomb raider, wonderwoman etc etc...)
why a black to direct a black movie ? (the butler, selma etc etc...)
I do not get it. Anybody can direct anything if (s)he is talented...
OH ! and for the movie, ABOUT TIME !!!! the video games are amazing and the potential for a great movie is HUGE... what a waste a time were the first 2 movies...
why a woman to direct a woman movie (Tomb raider, wonderwoman etc etc...)
why a black to direct a black movie ? (the butler, selma etc etc...)
I do not get it. Anybody can direct anything if (s)he is talented...
OH ! and for the movie, ABOUT TIME !!!! the video games are amazing and the potential for a great movie is HUGE... what a waste a time were the first 2 movies...
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10:34AM on 07/01/2015
I actually thought the first one was good (though not great) but the second one was really rubbish.
I actually thought the first one was good (though not great) but the second one was really rubbish.
12:05PM on 07/01/2015
I remember hating the 1st one cause I was a huge gamer at that time
Now that I have stopped playing, maybe my judgement would be more soft...
I remember hating the 1st one cause I was a huge gamer at that time
Now that I have stopped playing, maybe my judgement would be more soft...
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