Confirmed: Jeff Bridges to Join Ryan Reynolds in R.I.P.D. Adaptation
Posted 05.28.11 by BrentJS
When scruffy funnyman Zach Galifianakis dropped out of R.I.P.D., Academy Award-winner Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart) was said to be in negotiations to take his place in the big screen adaptation of the Dark Horse comic book of the same name. Well, those must have been some negotiations because nearly a month to the day later it has finally been announced that Bridges has taken the role, which will see him policing the afterlife alongside Ryan Reynolds as an officer with the Rest in Peace Department (R.I.P.D.).
Here's the synopsis of the R.I.P.D. comic book by Peter Lenkov and Lucas Marangon on which the movie will be based:
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 died an untimely death, at the height of his personal and professional life. Why did he join the R.I.P.D.? Well, not knowing the identity of his killer has left his soul a bit. . . restless. Now he hunts some of the most fiendish creatures, hoping for the chance to find out who set him up so he can get into heaven.
In the movie adaptation, Reynolds will play the recently deceased Cruz, while Bridges will play his partner, a crusty old gunslinger who has been policing the dead since the 1800s (shades of Rooster Cogburn, anyone?). It's unclear how closely the screenplay—written by Matt Manfredi and Phil Hay, the writing duo who penned director Louis Leterrier's Clash of the Titans remake—will stick to the source material, but producer Neal Moritz (Fast Five) called it "terrific" and described it as a "buddy action/comedy"
for a PG-13 audience. Robert Schwentke (RED) is attached to direct.