Jeff Bridges has officially boarded Universal Pictures’ adaptation of Dark Horse Comics’ R.I.P.D. He’ll star alongside Ryan Reynolds in the supernatural cop thriller that follows a recently slain police officer who joins a team of undead cops working for the Rest in Peace Department and tries to find the man who murdered him. Red director Robert Schwentke will helm for producer Neal Moritz.
Zach Galifianakis was originally pegged for the part of Roy Powell, but he dropped out earlier this year to pursue other endeavors. Instead of the heavyset jokester, fans of Peter M. Lenkov’s comic book will get an Academy Award winner who can easily deliver the kind of comedy that the role must require if go-to funny man Galifianakis was in contention. I’ve got to say, the thought of Reynolds and Galifianakis together on screen is hilarious in itself, but I think that Reynolds and Bridges is as dynamic a combo as any I’ve heard of in recent memory. Schwentke delivered one hell of an action-comedy with Red, so I’m actually getting pretty excited for this project now.
There’s no word on when production will begin, but the film will release next year.
Source: The Wrap