Ryan Reynolds in talks for Netflix’s Dragon’s Lair film adaptation
Ryan Reynolds is looking to keep his relationship with Netflix going past 6 Underground and the upcoming Red Notice as he has entered talks to star in and produce the streaming service’s upcoming live-action film adaptation of the classic arcade game Dragon’s Lair. (Via Variety)
An adaptation of the classic game has been in the works for nearly 40 years now, with Alan Dean Foster working on the first attempt that eventually fell apart due to low interest from studios and a second attempt being made in 2015 and ’16 when co-creator Don Bluth and Gary Goldman created an Indiegogo campaign for a teaser to get studios interested once more. After doubling their budget and nearly a year’s worth of negotiation, Netflix has picked up the project, with Bluth and Goldman producing alongside Roy Lee through his Vertigo Entertainment Banner, Trevor Engelson for Underground Films and Reynolds through his Maximum Effort banner.
The film is set to be scripted by Dan and Kevin Hageman, who are best known for helping craft the story on the breakout animated family adventure The Lego Movie and last year’s well-received adaptation of the young adult horror novel series Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.
The game series, which began with the 1983 arcade installment by Cinematronics and was created by Bluth and Rick Dyer, had players take on the role of Dirk the Daring in a challenging series of tests as he attempts to rescue Princess Daphne from the dragon Singe and the wizard Mordroc.
Reynolds, whose most iconic role is as the Merc with a Mouth in the hit Deadpool series, began his relationship with Netflix on the Michael Bay-helmed 6 Underground and was in the process of shooting Red Notice for the streaming service alongside Dwayne Johnson (Jungle Cruise) and Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman 1984) before production was halted due to global events. He can next be seen in the upcoming action comedy The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, in which he’s reunited with Samuel L. Jackson (Avengers: Endgame) and Salma Hayek (Like a Boss) from the previous film.
Dragon’s Lair will also mark the third film surrounding video games after the box office hit Detective Pikachu and the upcoming Free Guy, which is currently still slated for a July 3 release.
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