‘R.I.P.D.’ Trailer Looks Like ‘Men in Black’ Meets ‘Ghostbusters’

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What happens when you die? In the first official trailer for Robert Schwentke’s R.I.P.D. - which stands for “Rest in Peace Department” - the first thirty seconds detail how the souls of the dearly departed make it to the other side, while the other 220 focus on the ghastly things Nick Cruz Walker (Ryan Reynolds) must deal with once he gets there.

If there’s no rest for the wicked, there’s no rest for the just, either, at least if Universal’s adaptation of Peter M. Lenkov’s graphic novel has anything to say about it.

The film follows Nick, a deceased police officer, as he acclimates to life after death and becomes a member of the titular spectral law enforcement group. He’s partnered with veteran R.I.P.D. officer and former cowboy Roy Powell (Jeff Bridges); together, they’re pitted against a seemingly endless parade of phantasmal foes, dispensing their brand of posthumous law and order as they see fit while Nick, a fish out of water, struggles to figure out who murdered him.

RIPD Reynolds R.I.P.D. Trailer Looks Like Men in Black Meets Ghostbusters

On paper, it sounds like fun, and the brief, quick-cut trailer seems to support that notion. R.I.P.D. has been in the works for the last two years, ever since Schwentke first took the directing gig in 2011, so the sight of a trailer may actually serve to remind some people of the project’s existence.

At the same time, it’s likely to strike some people as a cross-genre cocktail combining elements from Men In BlackTrue Grit, and Ghostbusters, and that’s probably fair. Bridges looks like he’s in full Rooster Cogburn mode here, while the playful, creepy, and varied monster designs – and the high-tech weaponry – recall the exploits of Agents K and J as well as Peter, Ray, Winston, and Egon.

But there’s a lot of other common ancestry here, too, both on the page and on the screen. Inspiration from titles like Constantine and Hellboy - as well as Hellboy‘s comic book spin-off, B.P.R.D. - echoes in the action displayed here, while the clash between the wild West and modern, sci-fi elements recall a little bit of Cowboys & Aliens. In other words, R.I.P.D. looks like it contains a veritable smorgasbord of influences, and the results look like they’ve got potential.

RIPD Bridges Reynolds Parker R.I.P.D. Trailer Looks Like Men in Black Meets Ghostbusters

Schwentke isn’t new to making comic book movies – he made RED back in 2010, a film that did surprisingly good business and earned some strong critical praise as well. (That film’s sequel, RED 2, comes out at the end of the summer.) R.I.P.D. will reunite him with Mary-Louise Parker, his leading lady for RED, and Reynolds rounds out the casting with his Green Lantern and X-Men Origins: Wolverine experience.

At a glance, it looks like the performance to savor here will be Bridge’s; he’s going ham, and if Schwentke and the rest of the cast understand the sort of movie they’re making as well as Bridges appears to, R.I.P.D. could be an awesome ride (though we’ll have to wait until July to know for sure).

In tandem with the release of the trailer, Universal has also unveiled the film’s official poster – sleek, cool, and to the point, though admittedly lacking in the wacky supernatural elements that give the teaser its appeal. You can check out the one-sheet below:



RIPD One Sheet 280x170 R.I.P.D. Trailer Looks Like Men in Black Meets Ghostbusters


Alright, Screen Ranters, it’s your turn to weigh in. Does R.I.P.D. look like it’ll live up to its potential, or will it just be remembered as a riff on franchises like Men in Black? Let us know in the comments.

R.I.P.D. opens in the US on July 19th, 2013.

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  1. Neither the Ghostbusters movies nor the men In Black movies were much good, and the picture of jeff bridges looks like “Col. Sanders Gone Wild”! Hey, Ryan, get back to making Green lantern #2, something goood that I would like! (GL #1 did not s**k you-know-what nearly as much as it’s negative critics did!).

    • You are joking, correct?

    • The Ghostbusters is one of the best comedies ever made. MIB is also a very entertaining popcorn action flick.

    • If you think that GL was a good movie, then you must be easily amused.

      There were so many flaws, I dont know where to begin. So I’ll just share this link. http://whatculture.com/film/50-reasons-why-green-lantern-movie-sucks.php

      • Can’t be easily amused if he hates on one of the greatest movies of all time (Ghostbusters).

        I’d say troll.

        • Good point, Dazz… :)

    • This must be one of those opposite day posts.

    • Eh, dude’s obviously trolling. Calm down.
      And wow, is hating on Green Lantern movie still cool now? To think I’m about to order the two disc combo Blu-ray on Amazon now. Why didn’t you guys tell me?
      Seriously though, from the trailer looks like this movie will be fun.

      • Yep, Goldilocks is a known troll, and an unoriginal one at that.

    • Green Lantern didn’t suck, but I wouldn’t consider it anything above average.

      I thought both “Ghostbusters” and “Ghostbusters II” were brilliant, and I loved the MIB trilogy. Opinions are opinions, though

  2. Interesting… I might have to go see it, as long as screenrant gives it a good review, that is.

    • I know what you mean, it has gotten to the point that I look at the review on here before I go see any movies

      • That’s sad

        • Why is it sad? In this economy, I understand why someone wouldn’t want to waste their money on something they won’t like. And before you tell me that we shouldn’t rely on the word of some movie critic, yes we should – that’s what they’re for. You’re supposed to find a critic who has the same tastes as you and then look to them to know what movies to see. They should be no different than a trusted friend who’d tell you if a movie was worth your money or not.

  3. looks really similar to Men in Black, without the J and K dynamic and aliens.

  4. who cares if its similar to man in black this looks like a fun movie and i will see anything with ryan reynolds in it

  5. bout time we get a trailer. looks pretty fun.

  6. Is that the new ghostbusters movie or MIB4???
    Where is will smith ???
    Where is bill Murray ???

  7. There is nothing wrong with the trailer.
    There is nothing wrong with the one sheet teaser.

    Jeff Bridges looks like he had a blast.
    So did James Hong, for that matter!

  8. No love or mention of Bridges playing Obadiah Stane/Iron Monger in Iron Man?

    • I don’t get it. Are people supposed to list an actors previous movies whenever mentioned?

      • Apparently so.

        Although with a lot of people in the business, it helps because we still don’t know who they are. For instance, I couldn’t name a single Ryan Gosling movie nor would I recognise his face so knowing which movies he’s been in helps.

        Like how I was amazed to find that Tom Hardy was in Band Of Brothers and Black Hawk Down and that Vin Diesel was the sniper in Saving Private Ryan (hell, I saw the movie when it released and spent years not knowing that Matt Damon was Private Ryan until I read it on Wikipedia in 2010).

        • Oh and also, the other stars in the movie had their comic book credentials mentioned in the article but not Bridges.

          Still not quite sure if that’s an attack on me by the way….

        • Vin Diesel was indeed in Saving Private Ryan, but Barry Pepper was the sniper. But I suppose I can forgive that from someone who didn’t even know that Matt Damon played the title role, even after having seen the movie.

  9. Why does it seem so similar to to Ghostbusters, Men in Black etc? Ask those who created the comic book which this is based on.

    • Look at the pictures above and the explanation of the movie, the above photo looks like its filmed in the same dam place as MID, and its supernatural – ‘ghost’busters – Some people…… :)

  10. This looks like crap. Ryan Reynolds, fire your agent because they just lassoed you into a loser film :(

    • And you ARE the authority on what is considered loser, judging by your post.

      • You have more experience than him so you should know based on that fact alone.

  11. That looks great to me. I loved Miller’s cameo(?).

  12. Looks hilarious.

  13. Looks basically like a rip off of Men in Black, except replace aliens with “ghosts”. Even the design of the ghosts looks like something out of a Men in Black movie.

    I suppose it could be alright, but from the trailer it seems very unoriginal. My only draw to this would be the two main actors.

    • What even constituted “original” anymore? Examples please…

      • Well, there’s somewhat unoriginal, like when the kind of movie seems done before (e.g. hero goes to rescue a family member taken by the bad guys), but they do it in a way that’s different from other movies – kind of like how Taken was similar to Commando but done differently.

        But this is VERY unoriginal because it’s like you’re watching the trailer for MIB 4.

        I could list movies that seem original to me, but you might find an obscure example of how some other movie did it.

        Anyway, who knows, it might be fun. But as it stands now, it seems very “done before” so I’ll just wait until it comes out on Blu Ray.

  14. Stop the hate. This looks fun ! And on trailer you can’t judge a movie. Go rewatch the trailer for men in black 1, I don’t find it worse or better and it turned out to be a great movie.

    And for the cgi, just wait for the release, it is know that the quality of the cgi in trailers are not the final product, they still working on it until the release. (like green latern, the hobbit, transformers, etc…)

  15. Got potential.

  16. No

    • No means yes.

      • Uh-huh. That’s what she tried to say before the screaming started I assume?

  17. this movie looks terrible

  18. Get all my movie info from Screen Rant and this trailer is the first time I even knew the existence of this movie. Looks really weird (not sure if that’s bad or good).

  19. Looks like a good flick. I do not see ghostbusters maybe men in black but my firts thought was special unit 2…any way hoping to see it.

  20. This looks better than I expected. I’ll definitely be seeing it

  21. Ryan Reynolds is getting good at landing roles in movies with horrible CG.

  22. I’ll take a piece of this, i’m not a Ryan Reynolds fan (hated him in Van Wilder, Blade Trinity & X-Men) but this has potential, Jeff Bridges is a class act just like his old man and will probably make this movie watchable.

  23. Jeff Bridges character protrayel reminds me of that foghorn character from Wild Wild West which is not good.

  24. Seems interesting… never heard of it before this trailer came out.

  25. Terrible! The cinematography of a cheap TV show, CGI effects that are being put to shame by your average video game, lame jokes, and on top of that a complete rip(d)-off of Men in Black, including the awkward dead-centered wide angle shots. A movie like a cheap chinese fake of a trademark product. Pass.

  26. I thought everybody was just exaggerating with the MiB comparisons, but damn! That looks JUST like an MiB movie with ghosts instead of aliens lol.

    I am a fan of MiB and Ghostbusters though, so I might actually check it out…

  27. This looks like it will be entertaining…

  28. I’m surprised no one has caught the obvious nod/rip-off to Dead Like Me as well.

  29. I’m glad to finally see a trailer for this. This film looks fun. The director made RED which was fun. It’s being compared to Men in Black which was fun to watch. And while it probably won’t live up to the excellence that is Ghostbusters, it’s great to see a supernatural action/comedy being developed. At least this film is being influenced by some of my favorite films because we all know it could be much much worse. It could be modeled after Mac and Me, Gigli, or Jaws: The Revenge.

    • I don’t see this living up the level of Ghostbusters either. Just a fun summer popcorn flick on a slow and sunny afternoon.

    • Ghostbusters

      was at best

      a B Grade Movie.

      (Dialing Witness Protection Program)

      • I don’t know who you are, Jeff W. I don’t know what you want. If you’re looking for an angry response, I can tell you I don’t have one… but what I do have are a very particular set of skills. Skills I have acquired over a very long career of internet commenting. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you apologize to the Ghostbusters, that will be the end of it – I will not look for you, I will not pursue you… but if you don’t, I will look for you, I will find you… and I will make you watch the Garbage Pail Kids movie in its entirety.

        • Si…No Jeff W here..Sorry…no….no

        • Bravo my good man…Bravo.

        • Ghostbusters is number 2 on my all time comedy movie list.

          Only one movie funnier than Ghostbusters.

          The Kentucky Fried Movie.

        • LOL!