In a now-removed Instagram post this week, director Stephen Lunsford announced that a Tomb Raider series is in the works.
“I’m happy to announce that I will be creating a Tomb Raider mini-series to be released with Rise of The Tomb Raider. This will act as a prequel to the game and eventual movie. We are currently in pre-production and working hard to make sure this becomes the best live-action iteration of Lara Croft yet. Thank you to Crystal Dynamics for all of your support in this fan production and I can’t wait to make this a reality.”
Lunsford is best known as an actor from shows like Teen Wolf, Kamen Rider, and Private Practice, but this isn’t his first foray into directing, having done short films and commercials previously. One of those projects was a series of commercials for the most recent Tomb Raider reboot, called Tomb Raider Facts, of which the above video is an example.
If the series is meant to hype Rise of the Tomb Raider, then we can probably look forward to seeing it in third or fourth quarter of 2015. With a relatively inexperienced director and a platform exclusivity deal, my guess is we’ll see this appearing on the Xbox One front page, rather than a TV channel or YouTube.