Ryan Reynolds in talks to star in adaptation of Dragon's Lair

Ryan Reynolds in talks to star in adaptation of Dragon's Lair

Netflix closed a video game rights deal after almost a year of negotiations, and the project will be drafted by Dan and Kevin Hageman (FEAR STORIES to Tell in the Dark).

Dragon's Lair: The fantasy adventure where you become a valiant knight, on a quest to rescue the fair princess from the clutches of an evil dragon.

If you didn't grow up playing video games in arcades, you may only be familiar with Dragon's Lair from its appearance in the second season of Stranger Things.

Roy Lee will produce via his Vertigo Entertainment with Trevor Engelson of Underground Films. Reynolds will produce through his Maximum Effort production company. Dan and Kevin Hageman, who have writing credits on Hotel Transylvania, The LEGO Movie, and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, will write the script. However, Dragon's Lair is now without a director or a start date. Created in by Rick Dyer and Don Bluth, the Dragon's Lair franchise was first released for arcades in 1983. The game challenged players to react quickly to on-screen prompts. The game again was praised for its graphics, but poor controls and limited interactivity kept it from being as popular. Dragon's Lair has been ported (with varying degrees of success) to numerous home consoles over the years, including recent ports for the Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and Playstation 4. 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.

Soon after its release, the game led to a short-lived ABC animated series which ran from 1984 to 1985. You can view some of the artwork in the video below.

Given the nature of the original game and Netflix's previous experiments with interactive programming like Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, we could easily see Dragon's Lair being developed as an interactive movie.

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