Amazon is building a tomb Raider franchise.
Sources say The Hollywood Reporter that the retail giant and streamer has teamed up with Dmitri M. Johnson’s dj2 Entertainment for a massive rights deal to make a tomb Raider feature film, in addition to Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s recently announced TV series and at least one video game from the Lara Croft franchise.
The idea is to build a connected world of Tomb Raider, with the video game, TV series, and film all interconnected in a way similar to what Marvel has already accomplished. The tomb Raider The video game was announced in December, with additional games in the franchise considered likely.
A source with knowledge of the pact described it as one of Amazon’s most important commitments after the Lord of the Rings. By comparison, Amazon is estimated to have spent $250 million on copyrights alone. the Lord of the Ringswith this deal spanning a multi-season show (power rings) as well as spillovers.
Representatives for Amazon and Johnson declined to comment.
While Waller-Bridge is attached to write the script for the tomb Raider tv series – like THR exclusively reported — the Flea bag The Emmy winner is not involved in the film or the game. Waller-Bridge is said to be a great tomb Raider fan and was eager to take part in the television series, although she is not currently attached to star in the project which has a series greenlight embedded in the larger tomb Raider rights agreement. His involvement in the tomb Raider series stems from its recently renewed overall deal with Amazon.
Johnson’s DJ2 Entertainment has closed the deal for the tomb Raider animated series at Netflix, which included a two-season order. The company spent over a year working on the property rights. Last year, Crystal Dynamics regained control of the rights to the tomb Raider games after Embracer completed its acquisition of Square Enix’s assets.
Johnson, for his part, and his dj2 Entertainment signed an initial deal with Amazon Studios in February 2022. Under the pact, dj2 – who co-produced the sonic the hedgehog movie – will focus on adapting video game titles for the streamer. Johnson’s DJ2 is also working on the adaptation life is strange and Disco Elysee as film and television projects.
Johnson is replaced by APA and Cowans DeBates.