Legendary Pictures Acquires Martin Helgeland’s Dragon Hunter Script, SLAYER

     March 21, 2012


Legendary Pictures has picked up Martin Helgeland‘s spec script for Slayer.  Per THR, “Slayer is described as a modern-day story about a young doctor whose estranged father dies and he finds out the old man was a dragon and creature slayer. The doctor must become a slayer too.”  What a terrible profession switch.  Med school is extensive and ridiculously expensive, and when you finally get to be a doctor, you learn that you now have to slay dragons.  There’s no residency for that profession.

It’s been a while since we’ve had a live-action dragon story.  They’re part of Game of Thrones, but when it comes to feature films, I believe the last major one was Reign of Fire.  I’m always up for some good, old-fashioned dragon hunting since I love the blend of a gigantic, ancient creature battling against puny humans.  Of course, all dragons cower in fear when faced with a medical degree.  [Artist credit: Mauricio Herrara]

  • The Lizard King

    As far as live-action dragon stories that came after Reign of Fire, I think Two Towers and Return of the King should count (the Nazgul rode dragons, right?), and the awful Eragon movie. But you’re right, there needs to be more love for the dragons. I’m still crossing my fingers for a live-action movie adaptation of The Pirates of Dark Water or The Herculoids (I believe they both had dragons involved)!

  • Ben

    How could you forget “Eragon” Matt?! (sarcasm)

  • Tarek

    Because Eragon was a forgettable movie ?

  • Tarek

    The best dragons movie I watched was : Dragons’ World: A Fantasy Made Real. A terrific Documentary fiction

    • MiNeAlOnE

      I Concur, Dragon’s World was AWEsome… some of the best dragon based production ever.

  • Grimcicle

    There was a story arc in the BBC series Merlin with a plot fairly similar to this.