Schwentke to Direct Reynolds in R.I.P.D.

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Universal Pictures has hired Red helmer Robert Schwentke to direct the supernatural action film R.I.P.D. (short for “Rest In Peace Department”), based on Peter Lenkov’s Dark Horse comic about a police department of the dead.

Ryan Reynolds signed last spring to star in the film, centered on two officers — one recently dead and one who’s been dead for hundreds of years.

Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi are writing the screenplay.

Mike Richardson, founder and President of Dark Horse, and Lawrence Gordon will produce for Dark Horse Entertainment. Neal Moritz is producing through his Original Film.

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