Ryan Reynolds in talks to star in/produce live-action Dragon’s Lair movie

Netflix star produce Ryan Reynolds live-action film Dragon's Lair

Ryan Reynolds won the hearts of somehow even more people when he starred as the eponymous character in Pok√©mon: Detective Pikachu, but his video game movies don’t stop there. In addition to starring in the upcoming film Free Guy, where he plays a video game NPC who gains sentience, The Hollywood Reporter says Reynolds is in talks to star in and produce a live-action Dragon’s Lair film for Netflix.

Created by Rick Dyer and Don Bluth, Dragon’s Lair is a classic 1983 arcade game later adapted (with mixed results) for a wide variety of platforms. For all intents and purposes, it’s an interactive animated cartoon with quick-time events (QTEs) long before QTEs were a term in the video game lexicon. The game is about Dirk the Daring having to rescue the overtly voluptuous Princess Daphne from evil. It received a spiritual sequel in Space Ace, followed by an actual sequel in Dragon’s Lair II: Time Warp, and the three were re-released as Dragon’s Lair Trilogy on platforms like Nintendo Switch.

Ryan Reynolds could very easily play Dirk the Daring, just like Reynolds has proven he can play basically any heroic character at this point. Vertigo Entertainment’s Roy Lee will produce the live-action film for Netflix, as well as Don Bluth, Gary Goldman, and Jon Pomeroy. Dan and Kevin Hageman, who wrote Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and contributed to The Lego Movie, are writing the script.

Would you like to see Ryan Reynolds become Dirk and vanquish the likes of Singe and Mordoc?


John Friscia
Head Copy Editor for Enthusiast Gaming, Managing Editor at The Escapist. I'm a writer who loves Super Nintendo and Japanese role-playing games to an impractical degree. I really miss living in South Korea. And I'm developing the game Boss Saga!