EP Daily Rundown for October 24, 2016

Today in the Rundown, The Last Guardian goes gold, we find out who is playing the new Lando Calrissian, Jessica Jones takes a big step for diversity, Deadpool needs a new director, a great comic book artist passes away, a new Batman adventure is unmasked, two of the biggest entertainment companies join forces, and finally, five classic games find their way to the Xbox One!

The Last Guardian is almost here… no seriously. Sony Interactive Entertainment Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida has revealed that the long, long, long-awaited game has finally gone gold. That means it’s finished development and will now be printed onto game disks, which means it will almost certainly make its new release date of December 6. The Last Guardian has been in development since 2007, and was first unveiled at E3 2009 as a PS3 exclusive slated to arrive in 2011. Obviously that didn’t happen, and the game has been delayed so many times that it’s become something of a joke, dethroning Duke Nukem Forever as the king of vaporware. Despite the fact that The Last Guardian has gone gold, we still can’t help but be skeptical, and won’t believe it for real until we’re holding it in our hands.

Disney has found the galaxy’s second greatest scoundrel. The studio has officially announced that Community star Donald Glover will play a young Lando Calrissian in the upcoming Han Solo prequel film. Glover has been rumoured to be up for the role for several months, and the announcement comes after a very long casting process where the studio took their time to find the right actor for the role. In a statement, Disney says that the new film “depicts Lando in his formative years as a scoundrel on the rise in the galaxy’s underworld — years before the events involving Han, Leia, and Darth Vader in The Empire Strikes Back.” That means you can expect these younger versions of Lando and Han to be more rugged and less heroic than they were in the original trilogy. Han Solo will be played by Hail Caesar actor Alden Ehrenreich, and the film is being written and directed by The Lego Movie duo Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. It will hit theatres in 2018.

Marvel is making good on their promise to have more diversity in front of AND behind the camera. The upcoming second season of Jessica Jones will be directed entirely by women. That’s according to showrunner Melissa Rosenberg, who says she spoke to Marvel about hiring more female directors, but it was actually the studio’s idea to have every episode directed by women. Given that almost all Hollywood movies and TV shows are helmed by men, this is a big push on Marvel’s part. It makes sense for Jessica Jones given that the show is all about what it’s like to be a woman in a traditionally male profession. The new season hasn’t been given a premiere window, but it’s expected to arrive in 2018, after Jessica Jones appears in the crossover series The Defenders, which premieres in late 2017.

And over to another Marvel hero, the Merc with a Mouth is looking for a new director. Deadpool director Tim Miller has reportedly left the film’s upcoming sequel. No official reason has been given for his departure, but it’s rumoured to be over creative differences between him and star Ryan Reynolds, specifically regarding the style of the sequel and several casting choices for new characters. Deadpool was Tim Miller’s first time directing a feature-length film, and the fact that it was such a success means that he won’t have any trouble finding other projects. There’s no word yet on who might replace him on Deadpool 2, but whoever it is will have a hard time making sure the film lives up to the original. Twentieth Century Fox has yet to set a release date.

And we have some sad news about one of the people who helped bring Deadpool and many other comic book characters to life. British comic book artist Steve Dillon sadly passed away over the weekend. He was best known for his work on the award-winning series Preacher, recently turned into a TV series, and he also worked on Deadpool, The Punisher, Judge Dredd, Hellblazer, and others. Dillon’s art style was usually pretty violent and edgy, but it also had a dark sense of humour to it as well. He will be missed.

And it looks like Batman is about to have a new owner. The American telecommunications giant AT&T has confirmed rumours that it wants to buy Time Warner, the media conglomerate that owns Warner Bros, DC Comics, HBO, CNN, The Cartoon Network, and more. The deal is valued at $85.4 billion, and if it goes through, it would turn AT&T into one of the biggest entertainment companies on the planet. So what does this mean for consumers? Both companies say the deal would be a good thing, uniting Time Warner’s various services with AT&T’s high-speed internet, but not everyone agrees. Many prominent politicians from both of the country’s major political parties have expressed skepticism about the deal, saying that it could easily mean fewer choices for consumers and higher prices. It has yet to be approved by government regulators, and the approval process could take years.

Five of the best games ever made have just landed on the Xbox One. Microsoft and Valve have added The Orange Box to the list of backwards compatible titles on the Xbox One. First released in 2007, The Orange Box is a collection that includes five different games from Valve: Portal, Team Fortress 2, Half-Life 2, and its two follow ups, Half-Life 2: Episode One and Episode Two. All five of these games are classics and make a fine addition to the Xbox One library. Now if we could just get Half-Life 3 on the Xbox One.

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