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Netflix announces live-action Dragon's Lair with Ryan Reynolds

A live-action Dragon's Lair movie is set to come to Netflix, with its original creators and Ryan Reynolds all attached to the project.


This is quite an age we're living in, isn't it? Nothing says that more than Friday's announcement from Netflix. The streaming giant officially announced that it would be developing a live-action feature movie based on the 80s arcade classic, Dragon's Lair.

First revealed by The Hollywood Reporter, the Dragon's Lair movie is set to star Ryan Reynolds as Dirk the Daring. Netflix also notes that original Dragon's Lair creators Don Bluth, Gary Goldman, and Jon Pomeroy are all on board to produce, with a script set to be written by The LEGO Movie writers Daniel and Kevin Hageman. This announcement comes after months of negotiations, with Reynolds set to produce the project under his Maximum Effort umbrella.

This is normally the spot where a snarky comment riffs on the silliness of this concept. However, we're living in a strange new world, where video game movies are starting to be genuinely good. It's a trend that started with Reynolds' Detective Pikachu. Readers do not need to be reminded of how many people (including more than a few of us on the Shacknews staff) mocked the idea of a Detective Pikachu movie. And then proceeded to mock the idea of a Sonic the Hedgehog movie, only to later be made to look silly in hindsight. So if anyone's looking for a joke about this new endeavor... sorry. Video game movies aren't quite the laughing stock they once were.

No word on a target release for Dragon's Lair, but stay tuned to Shacknews for the latest on this project. This will most assuredly not be the last anyone hears of it.

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Ozzie has been playing video games since picking up his first NES controller at age 5. He has been into games ever since, only briefly stepping away during his college years. But he was pulled back in after spending years in QA circles for both THQ and Activision, mostly spending time helping to push forward the Guitar Hero series at its peak. Ozzie has become a big fan of platformers, puzzle games, shooters, and RPGs, just to name a few genres, but he’s also a huge sucker for anything with a good, compelling narrative behind it. Because what are video games if you can't enjoy a good story with a fresh Cherry Coke?

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