Ryan Reynolds In Talks To Star In ‘Dragon’s Lair’ Adaptation | Film News
Ryan Reynolds‘ next movie is called Free Guy, a film revolving around a man who realises he’s a non-playable character in a video game. Perhaps Reynolds liked the experience so much that he’s now decided to star in an actual video game adaptation. The actor is reportedly in talks to star in an adaptation of 80s video game, Dragon’s Lair, for Netflix.
It has taken the streaming platform over a year to secure the rights to the game, which was featured in its hit series Stranger Things, which then sparked new interest in the game. Reynolds will play a knight named Dirk The Daring who must rescue Princess Daphne from the clutches of an evil dragon named Singe and Mordroc the wizard.
Reynolds seems to be attempting to hit the four quadrants necessary to become your 14-year old nephew’s favourite actor. He’s already a superhero, just starred in a Michael Bay movie, and now is getting into the video game genre. All he needs is a Sausage Party-esque comedy and his quest is complete.
Obviously we all know the tortured history behind video game adaptations, but the tide does seem to be turning thanks to movies like Pokémon Detective Pikachu. And 80s nostalgia remains all the rage, and considering the renewed interest in Dragon’s Lair – as well as its obvious similarities to popular IP like Game Of Thrones – this is a no brainer by Netflix.
Dan and Kevin Hageman (Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark, The Lego Movie) have been tapped to write the script. Reynolds is familiar with the duo, as they also wrote the upcoming sequel to animated movie The Croods, to which Reynolds lends his voice. The Hageman brothers also currently serve as showrunners on Nickelodeon’s animated Star Trek series.
Along with the aforementioned Free Guy, Reynolds also has The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, in which he stars alongside Samuel L. Jackson and Salma Hayek, due for a 2020 release. When these movies will actually arrive and in what form is currently unknown. Free Guy is still tentatively slated to hit cinemas in July. We’ll see.