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Fleabag creator Waller-Bridge working on the Tomb Raider series

The screenwriter for James Bond and Fleabag actor describes the Tomb Raider series as “the ideal culmination of my personal journey within the realm of franchise storytelling.”

Phoebe Waller-Bridge, the creator of Fleabag and an actor in Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, confirmed her involvement in an upcoming Tomb Raider streaming series for Amazon’s Prime Video. She revealed that she will be responsible for writing the script and serving as an executive producer for the series, which is based on the popular video game franchise.

Waller-Bridge, known for her success with the comedy series Fleabag, has also gained experience in the action-adventure genre through her work on the James Bond film No Time to Die and her role in an Indiana Jones movie. Additionally, she served as the showrunner for the first season of the thrilling series Killing Eve.

We inquired about the lessons Waller-Bridge may have learned from her involvement in those two franchises and how she intends to incorporate them into the Tomb Raider series. She characterized the series as she characterized as “the perfect final step in my own personal adventure through this kind of franchise world.”

Pheobe Waller-Bridge outlines her plans for the Tomb Raider series

“There’s so much I can incorporate,” Waller-Bridge began. “I mean, the character of Lara Croft was inspired by Indiana Jones and James Bond. So there’s so much, and it just felt like the perfect final step in my own personal adventure through this kind of franchise world.”

In her Tomb Raider series, Phoebe Waller-Bridge aims to replicate the approach taken by Daniel Craig’s Bond films and the Indiana Jones franchise, which prioritized character development to maintain a sense of groundedness, even amidst spectacular action sequences.

“I love the idea of, as Steven Spielberg describes it, the greatest show on Earth, as in being able to make things with that scale and to go on adventures that big and for the comedy and the heart to be matched but on this kind of great, great level,” Waller-Bridge said.

“And, actually, through all the adventure stuff that I’ve learned from those [franchises], it’s actually how to keep something feeling grounded as well as allow it to be bigger than itself in some way. And so hopefully that will all translate perfectly, seamlessly into Tomb Raider.”

Tomb Raider is still in early development so no star, director, or premiere date has been announced yet.

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