Netflix announced today that the streaming service is developing a live-action Dragon’s Lair movie, based on the legendary ’80s arcade video game (view the full playthrough below). Ryan Reynolds is in talks to play the noble Knight Dirk the Daring, who is on his quest to rescue Princess Daphne from the titular dragon.
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.
The script for the Dragon’s Lair movie will be written by Daniel and Kevin Hageman. The Hagemans previously worked on The LEGO Movie and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.
The Hollywood Reporter adds that Netflix picked up the rights to the video game franchise after almost a year of negotiations.
Dragon’s Lair was created by Rick Dyer and Don Bluth, the director of such animated classics as The Secret of NIMH, An American Tail, The Land Before Time, All Dogs Go to Heaven, and Anastasia.
The first game in the franchise was released for arcades in 1983 and used laserdisc technology to allow for better graphics compared to other games at that time. The game challenged players to react quickly to on-screen prompts. If they pressed the right button, the game would advance with a new animation.
The sequel, Dragon’s Lair II: Time Warp, was released in 1991. The game again was praised for its graphics, but poor controls and limited interactivity kept it from being as popular. The sequel was, however, ported to other platforms.
The game franchise was also adapted into a short-lived animated series that aired on ABC in 1984 and a comic book series debuted in 2003. Bluth has tried to make an animated feature-length film for a long time and several crowd-funding campaigns were launched in 2015 and 2016. You can view some of the artwork in the video below.
The Dragon’s Lair movie will mark the third Netflix project for Ryan Reynolds. He can currently be seen in the Michael Bay-directed 6 Underground, and he was shooting Red Notice with Dwayne Johnson and Gal Gadot before current events brought that production to a halt for now.
Reynolds can next be seen in the video game-themed Free Guy, which is scheduled to open in theaters on July 3, 2020. He will also appear alongside Samuel L. Jackson and Salma Hayek in The Hitman’s Bodyguard 2 in August.