Universal Pictures has officially hired Robert Schwentke, the director of the upcoming film RED, to develop the supernatural action film adaptation of the comic book R.I.P.D. (Rest In Peace Department). The story was created by Peter Lenkov, and published by Dark Horse comics.
Ryan Reynolds signed on to star as the lead role in the film last spring. The story is about a police department of the dead, and centers on two officers, one recently dead and one who's been dead for hundreds of years.
Here’s the official synopsis of the comic:
Welcome to the Rest In Peace Department — the devoted, yet dead, officers of divine law enforcement “patrolling the deadbeat…reporting to one boss.” Yep — THAT boss. Nick Cruz was murdered by an unknown assailent, at the height of his personal and professional life. Now he’s traded a hundred years of service to the R.I.P.D. in exchange for a shot at finding who killed him. Unfortunately his search will take him to Hell and back — literally!
Reynolds is going to be extremely busy, and all of these projects leave little room for him to do Deadpool. Deadline says that Reynolds will shoot The Change-Up, then the Denzel Washington film Safe House, then likely R.I.P.D., which will go late next summer. After that, I'm sure he'll have to go right into shooting Green Lantern 2.
This comic should make for a really fun film, especially with Reynolds on board who is going to end up being one hell of a Hollywood superstar.