Today, it was revealed by TheHollywoodReporter that Netflix has obtained the film rights to Don Buth’s iconic arcade game Dragon’s Lair, the title from 1983 mixed high-end animation and video games with a fantasy setting.
The game had recently got a nod on the Netflix series Stranger Things.
Not only that, but Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds is in talks with Netflix to play the lead role of Dirk The Daring, the protagonist of the games. Also, screenwriters Dan and Kevin Hageman (The Lego Movie, Scary Movies To Tell In The Dark) are working on the project.
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.
This wouldn’t be the first time Ryan has tackled a video game film as he was the voice of Pikachu in Legendary’s Detective Pikachu and was playing a video game MPC in Shawn Levy’s upcoming actioner Free Guy.
Interesting enough, Ryan has attempted to tackle fantasy in the past with once landing the lead role in Lionsgate’s reboot of the Highlander franchise. As development stalled on Highlander, the project to stall and eventually change over to John Wick director Chad Stahelski, who is still mulling over when to make it as John Wick: Chapter 4 is expected to be his next film.
Ryan has previously worked with Netflix on Michael Bay’s 6 Underground and recently had to pause production on the global heist film Red Notice.
He also revealed back in December that Marvel Studios is currently developing Deadpool 3 after Wade Wilson was the only X-Men character to survive the Disney/Fox merger, transitioning back home to Marvel. Another project Reynolds has been developing is an R-rated adaptation of the murder mystery board game Clue at 20th Century Studios with his Deadpool screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick penning the script and James Bobin attached to direct.
Paramount Pictures was aiming to begin production on their Dungeons & Dragon movie this year in England, but when that will begin shooting remains to be seen with the current coronavirus pandemic impacting film productions across the globe.
Netflix has yet to announce a director or supporting cast for Dragon’s Lair, it’s also unknown when they’d plan on to get cameras rolling on it.
SOURCE: THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER