Although the Dragon’s Lair video game franchise was once a cartoon in the 80s, efforts to make it into a movie have always stalled. However, it looks like times are changing. Netflix has now optioned the game for a live-action film. In addition, they’re in talks with Ryan Reynolds to star in Dragon’s Lair: The Movie. (Or whatever they’re calling it.)
What is Dragon’s Lair, Exactly?
Firstly, the game is an animated fantasy adventure. Don Bluth, whom you might know for films like The Secret of Nimh, co-created the game with Rick Dyer. The game hit arcades in 1983 and was a massive hit, in part because of its LaserDisc-provided graphics. The original game is what’s known as a movie game or interactive film, because of its use of video scenes.
However, the storyline was far from original. As the opening narration put it, you become Dirk the Daring, “…a valiant knight, on a quest to rescue the fair princess from the clutches of an evil dragon. You control the actions of a daring adventurer, finding his way through the castle of a dark wizard, who has enchanted it with treacherous monsters and obstacles.” And unless you played the original arcade game (or one of its many home releases), though, you’re probably most familiar with it from its appearance in the Stranger Things episode, “MADMAX.”
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Ryan Reynolds in Dragon’s Lair
Ryan Reynolds in his other video game movie, Free Guy; image via 20th Century Studios
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ryan Reynolds is “in talks” to appear in Netflix’s live-adaptation of Dragon’s Lair. However, since Reynolds will be producing the film under his banner, Maximum Effort, it seems very likely that the talks will be successful. In addition to Reynolds’s company, Roy Lee (Vertigo Entertainment) and Trevor Engelson (Underground Films) will also produce. And so will Bluth, Gary Goldman, and Jon Pomeroy.
Brothers Dan and Kevin Hageman, who’ve written movies like the adaptation of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, will pen the script. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, though, it’s unclear when production on the movie will begin. Similarly, the July release of Reynolds’s next movie, the video game-inspired Free Guy, is also hazy. But we’ll keep y’all posted.
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Salomé Gonstad is a freelance writer who grew up in the swampy wilds of south Alabama. She now splits her time between the Appalachian wilds (of Alabama) and the considerably more refined streets of New York City. When she's not yelling about pop culture on the internet, she's working on a supernatural thriller about her hometown. Also, we're pretty sure she's a werewolf.