EP Daily Rundown for November 16, 2016

Today in the Rundown, we have news that Disney might be buying Netflix, a new character hacks into Overwatch, Minecraft movie is adding big stars, Sesame Street may hit theatres, and finally, the DC movie universe is getting dark!

The world’s biggest streaming service might be joining the magical kingdom. Disney is rumoured to be interested in buying Netflix. No official announcements have been made, but TechCrunch reports that the studio wants to buy the online streaming juggernaut as a way to increase their digital footprint, something most big studios and content providers are interested in doing. A few weeks ago, AT&T announced that they’re in talks to buy Time Warner, the parent company of Warner Bros, DC Entertainment, and more. If Disney really is interested in buying Netflix, it would obviously mean more exclusive Disney content for the platform, following their successful Marvel shows like Daredevil and Luke Cage. We’ll let you know if any new details come in.

You don’t have to do any hacking to get the latest Overwatch character. The all-new playable character Sombra is now available on the PC, PS4, and Xbox One. First announced at BlizzCon a few weeks ago, Sombra is a stealthy infiltrator with the ability to hack into enemies in order to temporarily disable them. She can also become invisible for short periods of time, teleport to specific locations, and emit an EMP discharge that destroys enemy barriers and shields within its radius. She’s available as part of the latest patch for the game, along with the new Arcade mode, and the new map Ecopoint: Antarctica. Blizzard is planning to release a lot more content for Overwatch in the future, starting with another new map called Oasis in December.

The looks like the big screen Minecraft movie is adding a big star to its inventory. Multiple sources report that The Office star Steve Carell is in talks to play the lead role in the upcoming film based on the hit sandbox game. No plot details about the film have been revealed, so we don’t know exactly what kind of character Steve Carell might be playing, although it’s worth pointing out that the default player character within the game happens to be named Steve. The Minecraft movie started development at Warner Bros shortly after the franchise was bought by Microsoft in 2014, and we already know that it’s being written and directed by Rob McElhenney, who created and stars in It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. We’ll have plenty more on the Minecraft film before it hits theatres in Summer 2019.

And if you think a Minecraft movie is a bit of a stretch, get a load of this. Deadline reports that a big screen Sesame Street movie is in the works. Like the show, it’s expected to see real-life actors interact with Jim Henson’s lovable Sesame Street Muppets, and there will probably be a lot of counting and spelling. Although there have been many Muppets movies over the years, there hasn’t really been a Sesame Street film, with the notable exception of 1985’s Follow That Bird and 1999’s Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland. The new film is being penned by Night at the Museum 3 screenwriters David Guion and Michael Handelman, and it’s being produced by Shawn Levy, who helmed the Night at the Museum films and produced the new sci-fi movie Arrival. Don’t expect Sesame Street to be as dark or cerebral.

The live-action DC movie universe isn’t the only thing that’s getting dark. Warner Bros and DC Entertainment have released the first trailer for Justice League Dark, their latest animated movie. The film will see Batman and the other members of the normal justice league join forces with the more supernatural Justice League Dark in order to battle demons that have invaded our world. Justice League Dark favorites like John Constantine, Zatanna, and Swamp Thing, and like the recent Killing Joke animated movie, this one will also be rated R. I guess that means things are going to be getting… dark. Justice League Dark will hit home early next year. Warner Bros has long been developing a live-action Justice League Dark movie for theatres, although it’s unclear where it will fit in with the upcoming slate of DC movies.

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