Ryan Reynolds is currently busy filming Green Lantern, but that doesn't mean studios aren't making behind-the-scenes progress on some of his other films. For example, Robert Rodriguez is in negotiations to direct the Deadpool spin-off and now we're hearing that action director McG (Terminator: Salvation) is circling the director's chair for R.I.P.D.
R.I.P.D is an adaptation of a Dark Horse comic about a police department in the afterlife. One officer, recently deceased, wants to find out who killed him while his partner has been dead for hundreds of years. Here's a synopsis of the series from the first R.I.P.D. trade paperback.
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!
The McG scoop comes from an inside source of Pajiba but it's not something to get excited about just yet. It would be gracious to call McG a "hit-or-miss" director. In recent years, he has proven himself more popular among fans as the Executive Producer of the hit NBC series Chuck than as a feature film director. Nevertheless, there are only a handful of competent action directors in Hollywood, so it's natural to see McG circling this project.
Of course, this is all still very early. For one thing, McG has to finish up his current movie This Means War, featuring Tom Hardy, Chris Pine, and Reese Witherspoon. Furthermore, nobody is quite sure just how much time Reynolds will have to give to filming one or more Green Lantern sequels.
In any case, I think the plot of the film sounds interesting and I'm pretty much game for anything Reynolds does these days, so I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for more information on R.I.P.D.