EP Daily Rundown for March 10, 2016

Our spidey senses are tingling. Today we examine the debut of Spider-Man in the latest trailer for The Avengers: Civil War, discuss the resurrection of Dead Island 2, have details on a new Will Smith movie from Netflix, try to find the latest on the Where’s Waldo movie, and finally, awaken some forceful casting news about the new Tomb Raider movie.

Your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man is in the house. Marvel has released the latest trailer for The Avengers: Civil War. It features all the heroes and villains you could ever want, including a first-look at one we’ve been waiting to see in their Cinematic Universe for a very long time. Let’s take a look.

Dead Island 2 is rising from the grave. The beleaguered zombie game has been taken over by LittleBigPlanet 3 developer Sumo Digital, and they’re now working on it with franchise publisher Deep Silver. Sumo has a history of working with established franchises like Dead Island, and they say they’re already making good progress with the new game. This puts Dead Island 2 back on track after some big hurdles. It was first announced at E3 2014 and was being made by Spec Ops: The Line studio Yager Development, but Deep Silver ended their relationship with the studio last year and the future of the game had been uncertain until now. Hopefully Sumo Digital can breathe new life into it. There’s still no release date for Dead Island 2, but more details soon.

Netflix is taking on old school Hollywood in an even bigger way. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the streaming giant plans to produce a cop thriller film starring Will Smith and Joel Edgerton, which will reunite them with Suicide Squad director David Ayer. The deal hasn’t been finalized, but if it it does go through, it will easily be most ambitious feature film undertaking for Netflix yet. Their previous efforts were limited to a few indie films and documentaries… and technically an Adam Sandler movie, but we don’t think Adam Sandler movies really count. Hollywood, and more importantly, traditional Hollywood distributors, have been very reluctant to embrace new rivals like Netflix, insisting on at least three months of exclusivity in theatres before films are streamed online. The fact that Netflix is cutting them out and producing bigger and bigger movies of their own is sure to make them even angrier.

And Hollywood has no trouble finding recognized properties to turn into movies. Variety reports that Vancouver natives Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are set to produce a Where’s Waldo film. Yep, a movie based on the books where you look at big pictures and try to find an elusive traveller in a red and white striped shirt. The live-action film has been in development for several years, and despite the fact that the books seem a little light on story, they’ve already been adapted into a cartoon show and several video games. It will still be difficult to capture Waldo’s complicated psyche and nuanced characterization on screen, so we wish Rogen and Goldberg the best of luck. How much do you want to bet they cast James Franco as Waldo?

The Force Awakens star Daisy Ridley has raided her fair share of Star Destroyers, and now she might be raiding some tombs. Deadline reports that Ridley is in negotiations to play Lara Croft in the upcoming big screen reboot of the Tomb Raider franchise. The site stresses that the talks are still in the very early stages, so there’s no guarantee that she’ll end up taking the role. If she does, it means Tomb Raider would have to make sure its shooting schedule doesn’t interfere with Star Wars Episodes 8 and 9. If we can interject a brief piece of editorial commentary: we think Daisy Ridley would be a freaking awesome Lara Croft in every imaginable way. Let’s hope the new turns out to be true. The new Tomb Raider movie will be a fresh start for the series, and is expected to borrow many elements from the 2013 game.

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