Ryan Reynolds And Netflix Teaming Up Again For Comedy Upstate

We can always rely on Ryan Reynolds to provide us with a good laugh, whether it’s in the way he mocks his wife Blake Lively, his never-ending trolling of Hugh Jackman, or in character as the ever-satirical Deadpool. 

Reynolds’ humour is always welcome, probably more so than ever with the year we’re having, and luckily for us he’s ready to bring us a fresh bout of joy in a new collaboration with Netflix.

The actor is set to create a new original feature comedy called Upstate, which he will co-write with John August, the man behind Big Fish and Disney’s live-action remake of Aladdin.

The film is expected to be a star vehicle for Reynolds, a Hollywood term that we’re only slightly comfortable using in this sentence because it’s being used in relation to our favourite Canadian star.

Thanks to the title we can assume it takes place somewhere upstate, but which state, and what happens there, are questions that can only be answered with time.

As well as penning the script together, Reynolds and August will be executive producers, the former through his production company Maximum Effort, Deadline reports.

I’m ridiculously excited about this. Many #writesprints ahead. https://t.co/cTi4XYFHJQ

— John August (@johnaugust) August 25, 2020

The project will reunite the pair more than a decade since they last worked together on 2007’s The Nines, which was directed by August and starred Reynolds as three different characters; Gary, Gavin Taylor and Gabriel. After Upstate was announced, August took to Twitter to say he was ‘ridiculously excited’ about the movie.

The creation of Upstate will also reunite Reynolds with Netflix following the collaboration on last year’s action-thriller 6 Underground. 

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Dragon’s Lair Is Getting a Netflix Movie, Possibly Featuring Ryan Reynolds | Tor.com

Good news for everyone who spent their tween and teen years playing Dragon’s Lair in the ’80s: The Hollywood Reporter writes that the classic arcade game is getting a live-action movie adaptation, courtesy of Netflix. But that’s not all—according to the publication, Ryan Reynolds is in talks to star and produce.

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There’s no word on what role the actor might play in the adaptation, but based on the characters in the 1983 game, we can probably make an educated guess. Created by Rick Dyer and Don Bluth (who also did the animation), Dragon’s Lair has you playing as a knight named Dirk the Daring, tasked with saving the Princess Daphne, who’s been trapped by the dragon Singe in the wizard Mordroc’s castle. While it’s unknown at this time how closely Netflix will stick to the game’s storyline and premise, our money’s on Reynolds being a contender for the role of Dirk.

This isn’t the first Dragon’s Lair adaptation. Back in the ’80s, ABC aired a half-hour animated show based on the game, and multiple attempts have been made to do a live-action adaptation since then. Back in 2015, Bluth and frequent collaborator Gary Goldman made a Kickstarter for an animated prequel film, but the project has since been canceled.

Netflix’s Dragon’s Lair will be produced by Bluth, Goldman, Roy Lee, Trevor Engelson, and Jon Pomeroy, according to THR, while Dan and Kevin Hageman (The Lego Movie; Scary Movies to Tell in the Dark) will write the script. Netflix has yet to announce a release date

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Netflix’s Dragon’s Lair Movie Wants Ryan Reynolds as Dirk the Daring

Netflix is trying to stay in the Ryan Reynolds business, while also looking to get in on the high-profile video game adaptation trend at the same time. The streaming service is currently working on a movie based on the 1980s classic arcade game Dragon Slayer. Reynolds is being eyed not only to star in the movie, but also produce as well.

According to a new report, Ryan Reynolds, star of Deadpool and The Hitman’s Bodyguard, is currently in talks for the project. Should the deal close, Reynolds will star in Dragon’s Lair, as well as produce via his Maximum Effort production company. Roy Lee is also on board as a producer through his company Vertigo Entertainment, as is Trevor Engelson for Underground Films. Don Bluth, Gary Goldman and Jon Pomeroy are also attached as producers. Dan and Kevin Hageman (Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, The LEGO Movie) are set to pen the screenplay. There is no word yet on who might end up in the director’s chair.

It’s said that Netflix spent a year trying to lock down the rights to the game. Dragon’s Lair was created by Rick Dyer and Don Bluth. Released in 1983, it was revolutionary at the time. The arcade game used Laserdisc technology, which made for groundbreaking graphics that were far ahead of their time. The video game has earned its place in pop culture history and has been referenced in several popular shows including Family Guy and Stranger Things. Simply speaking, the game centers on a knight, Dirk the Daring, who is tasked with rescuing Princess Daphne from the evil dragon Singe and a wizard named Mordroc.

Should the project move forward as planned, it would mark the third major collaboration between Ryan Reynolds and Netflix. The streaming service previously worked with the 43-year-old star on 6 Underground, last year’s big-budget Michael Bay action flick, as well as Red Notice, an original thriller from director Rawson Thurber that will also star Dwayne Johnson and Gal Gadot. This also comes at a time when it seems Hollywood has started to crack the code on video game adaptations after years of trial and error. Sonic the Hedgehog recently did well both critically and commercially, as did 2019’s Detective Pikachu. Coincidentally, the Pokemon flick featured Reynolds as the voice of Pikachu.

This will also mark the second collaboration between Dan and Kevin Hageman and Ryan Reynolds. The Hagemans penned the screenplay for The Croods 2, which is currently set to arrive in theaters in December. Reynolds also has the 20th Century Studios action/comedy Free Guy on deck. At present, it’s set to arrive in July, but given the uncertainty floating around Hollywood right now, that date could shift. Reynolds has also completed The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, a sequel to the 2017 comedy co-starring Samuel L. Jackson and Salma Hayek, which is slated for August. This news comes to us via The Hollywood Reporter.

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James Bobin in Talks to Helm Clue Remake Starring Ryan Reynolds

James Bobin in Talks to Helm Clue Remake, Starring Ryan Reynolds

A while back it was reported that Jason Bateman would direct and co-star in Clue alongside Ryan Reynolds. According to The Hollywood Reporter, that is no longer the case as Bateman’s Ozark schedule forced him to drop out of the project altogether. Luckily, Muppets Most Wanted helmer James Bobin has begun negotiations to take over directing duties on the big-screen adaptation of the classic board game.

Reynolds remains attached to star while his company will produce the film, based on the Hasbro board game, with Allspark Pictures, which is the film division of Hasbro. Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, who scripted the two Deadpool films and Life, all starring Reynolds, will pen the screenplay.

Clue was a 1985 comedy based on the board game, which involves players figuring which of the guests at a mansion murdered someone, with which murder weapon and in which room. The film was directed by Jonathan Lynn. Lynn worked on the script with John Landis. Clue starred Eileen Brennan (Private Benjamin), Tim Curry (The Rocky Horror Picture Show), Madeline Kahn (Young Frankenstein), Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future), Michael McKean (This Is Spinal Tap), Martin Mull (Roseanne) and Lesley Ann Warren (Desperate Housewives). The film had one of three possible endings, and different theaters received different ones. All were included on the home video release. Though the film didn’t do well in its run a the box office, only making $14,643,997 in domestic sales, it has become a cult classic.

Reynolds role in Clue comes as part of his three year first-look deal with Fox, the studio for which he’s starred in seven movies since 2013 and is set to lead the cast of the upcoming video game action comedy Free Guy.

Bobin recently directed Dora and the Lost City of Gold and Alice Through the Looking Glass.

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