“R.I.P.D.” getting ready for screen action

Originally posted on 2010-09-08 14:27:47 by

The Dark Horse-published, Peter Lenkov-scripted comic R.I.P.D. (Rest in Peace Department), which follows the exploits of cops of the dead, has been in development at Universal for a little while now, but the project is getting closer to fruition with the signing of a director.

Variety reports that Robert Schwentke (pictured), the German filmmaker whose credits include the serial-killer flick TATTOO, the Jodie Foster thriller FLIGHTPLAN and this October’s actioner RED, will helm the R.I.P.D. movie from a script by CLASH OF THE TITANS’ Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi. Ryan Reynolds signed on this past April to star as Nick Cruz, a recently deceased cop who exchanges 100 years of service to the R.I.P.D. for the chance to avenge his own murder; his older partner has yet to be cast. Dark Horse’s founder/president Mike Richardson and Lawrence Gordon will produce with Original Film’s Neal Moritz.

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