Ben Wheatley is perhaps best known for Kill List, his 2011 hitman horror film. I’m a huge fan of that and Wheatley’s other work, particularly his mind-bending period piece A Field in England. If you don’t know his work I can’t recommend it enough. Which is partly why I can now pass a lie-detector when I say that I’m excited for the next Tomb Raider film.
The 2018 Tomb Raider wasn’t a particularly good film, though it did well enough that MGM quickly greenlit a sequel, continuing Lara Croft’s (Alicia Vikander) craft cave crawling… in some capacity. We learned back in April that Wheatley’s writing-collaborator Amy Jump would be scripting Tomb Raider, so it makes a little sense that MGM would come forward today to announce that Ben Wheatley will in fact be directing the adventurous sequel.
It does seem like quite a leap for the horror and surrealism-minded Wheatley, though one might argue his most recent films (High-Rise and Free Fire) were edging towards something closer-resembling a “mainstream” indie film.
Hopefully Wheatley and Jump can up the oomph for the Tomb Raider sequel, which is now set to be released on March 19th, 2021.