Ryan Reynolds in Talks to Tackle Live-Action Adaptation of '80s Video Game 'Dragon's Lair' (Exclusive)
Ryan Reynolds has found his next quest.
Reynolds is in talks to star in and produce a live-action feature adaptation of Dragon’s Lair, one of the most iconic arcade video games from the 1980s.
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After almost a year of negotiations, Netflix has closed a deal to pick up the rights to the game. Roy Lee will produce via his Vertigo Entertainment with Trevor Engelson of Underground Films. Don Bluth, Gary Goldman and Jon Pomeroy are also producing. Reynolds will produce via his banner, Maximum Effort, along with the shingle's George Dewey and Patrick Gooing.
Dan and Kevin Hageman, who worked on The Lego Movie and most recently Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, will write the script.
Dragon’s Lair was, at one point, the most popular game in America. It hit the scene in 1983 and promised to revolutionize the arcade industry with its movie-style animation that hailed from Bluth, who would later go on to direct the animated movies An American Tail and All Dogs Go to Heaven, and its envelope-pushing technology that used LaserDisc to advance the story. While the game’s high point faded as its style didn’t take off, it remains fondly remembered and even made an appearance in the '80s-set Netflix series Stranger Things.
The plot of the video game is epic in scope: A knight named Dirk the Daring must rescue the fetching Princess Daphne from the clutches of the evil dragon known as Singe and the wizard Mordroc.
Lee was a producer on last year’s Stephen King adaptation It Chapter Two, while his company worked on another King adaptation, Doctor Sleep. Engelson was a producer on Snowfall.
The Hagemans are currently the showrunners and executive producers of Nickelodeon's animated Star Trek series and wrote the upcoming animated feature The Croods 2, which features Reynolds as one of the voice stars. The brothers are repped by Underground and the law firm Hansen Jacobson.
This marks the third project with Netflix for Reynolds, with the actor coming off the December unveiling of the action movie 6 Underground and currently shooting the action pic Red Notice with Gal Gadot and Dwayne Johnson. It is Reynolds' second video game-themed feature, as he next stars in Free Guy, which tells of a man who realizes he is a background character in a video game. The movie is currently scheduled to open in July, although the ongoing coronavirus pandemic may postpone it.
Reynolds is also due to be seen this year in The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard with Samuel L. Jackson and Salma Hayek, and heard in DreamWorks’ The Croods 2, which is set to open December.
Reynolds is repped by WME and Sloane Offer.
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