These are the three directors on the shortlist to helm the Tomb Raider reboot

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Sep 21, 2015, 8:40 AM EDT

Rumors are making the rounds on the Internet that the powers-that-be of the fast-tracked Tomb Raider reboot have narrowed down their directors shortlist to three very intriguing choices in Kathryn Bigelow, Catherine Hardwicke and Mimi Leder.

(Please remember that this is a RUMOR, so take it with a grain of salt. Thanks!)

Right. On with it. The Tracking Board reports that Warner Bros. has narrowed down the list of possible directors to the three candidates listed above. Tricia Brock, who worked on a bunch of TV stuff, including The Walking Dead and Girls, was apparently reported to be attached to direct the movie, but the site says she has officially passed on the project. Seems like the producers are VERY keen to have “a Michelle MacLaren type” helm the screenplay penned by Evan Daugherty, so now Bigelow, Hardwicke and Leder are on the shortlist to replace Brock.

Of the three, the most interesting name is Academy Award winner Bigelow, who nabbed the golden statuette for The Hurt Locker in 2008. She was also nominated for best picture with Zero Dark Thirty four years later.

Hardwicke is most famous for having helmed the first Twilight movie and Red Riding Hood (both extremely mediocre films, in my humble opinion), while Leder directed the blockbuster-ish Deep Impact, as well as a bunch of TV series, including HBO’s The Leftovers and Showtime’s Shameless.

Even though it would be surprising (but exciting) to see Kathryn Bigelow directing a blockbuster movie franchise based on a hit videogame series, I think she’d be the most solid choice of the three. I guess it all boils down to the likelihood that the Oscar winner would add that type of movie to her resume. But hey, if multiple Academy Award winner Kenneth Branagh could direct a BIG-BLOCKBUSTER-TYPE-OF-FILM in Marvel’s Thor, why not get Bigelow for Tomb Raider? That’d be a great coup.

As for the other two, both Leder and Hardwicke have some blockbuster movies under their belts, but in the grand scheme of things, I’m not sure I’d see either of them in the director’s seat for Warner Bros.’ Tomb Raider reboot.

Tomb Raider saw two movies starring Angeline Jolie in the role of the tomb-raiding female Indiana Jones-type adventuress Lara Croft in the early 2000s. While Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) was generally well received by fans, the same could not be said of its 2003 sequel, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life.

What do you think? Who would be the better choice to sit in the director’s chair for a new Tomb Raider movie?

(via The Tracking Board)