Ben Wheatley has seemingly dropped out of Tomb Raider 2. Hot on the heels of the news that he is to get wet for The Meg 2 over at Warner Bros. Maybe his schedule couldn’t work?

Either way Tomb Raider 2 has a new director in the form of Lovecraft Country and Underground showrunner Misha Green.

Deadline reports Green will make her feature directing debut and write the script for the sequel, which will feature a returning Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft. She co-created, executive produced, and wrote the period drama Underground for WGN America in 2016 before adapting the Matt Ruff novel Lovecraft Country for HBO.

When it was first announced, the movie had a March 2021 release date. Clearly this is not happening in a post COVID-19 world.

Green herself is something of a gamer and a big fan of the classic computer game series on which the movies are based.

The 2018 Tomb Raider film, directed by Roar Uthaug, saw Oscar-winner Vikander taking over the Lara Croft role previously occupied by Angelina Jolie in two previous films. It was a reboot that featured an origin story for Lara Croft. The ending of that movie clearly opened up franchise and sequel opportunities.

The 2018 movie was made on a comparatively tight budget of $90 million and made over $275 million globally, despite something of a muted marketing campaign and some quite stiff competition at the box office. It featured a more stripped back feel than the fantastical adventures of Jolie’s version, and included some fun supporting characters, notably Nick Frost as pawnshop owner Alan.

Graham King and Elizabeth Cantillon will produce for MGM.