We knew he could do more than Pikachu. The world could use the swashbuckling heroics of a good old-fashioned knight these days, and thanks to Ryan Reynolds, it looks like one of the 1980s’ most popular arcade games is about to get its crack at staging a live-action and long-awaited comeback.
Deadpool’s sass-mouthed star is reportedly set to produce and act in a new movie adaptation of Dragon’s Lair, the ahead-of-its-time arcade classic that featured the Conan-like Dirk the Daring as the knight who slays the dragon, rescues the princess, and saves the day. In the long memory of nostalgic ‘80s fans, Dragon’s Lair still commands big respect, featuring prominently among the classic cabinets populating the retro arcade where the Hawkins kids congregate in Season 2 of Stranger Things.
Netflix says Reynolds is in talks to star in the live-action feature as Dirk the Daring, working off a script by Lego Movie and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark collaborators Dan and Kevin Hageman. Bluth himself, who’s long been trying to fund a movie version of the iconic franchise he co-created with Dan Molina (the voice of Dirk in the original game), will reportedly co-produce the movie alongside Gary Goldman, Jon Pomeroy, and Reynolds through his Maximum Effort label.
There’s no word on when we could see Reynolds’ new take on Dragon’s Lair hit the small screen, nor on who else is under consideration to round out the cast, but we’ve got a pocket full of quarters and we’re already rarin’ to take up our swords again. Thankfully, the game itself is available to play everywhere from the Nintendo Switch to Steam to the iOS App store, so there’s plenty of time to bone up on our dragon-slaying history from the comforts of home while we wait for the movie version to arrive.