McG Wants to Direct Ryan Reynolds in Adaptation of R.I.P.D.

August 6, 2010
Source: Pajiba


Despite the fact that he's had his fair share of problems getting a solid cast together for the action comedy This Means War, it looks like McG is already trying to line-up a follow-up project. Pajiba reports that the director of Charlie's Angels and Terminator Salvation is circling an adaptation of the Dark Horse graphic novel R.I.P.D. (or Rest in Peace Department), a project we heard about back in April. At the time, Ryan Reynolds was attached to star (and that still seems to be the case) in this story of a dead cop who makes a deal to work one hundred years in divine law enforcement in exchange for a shot at finding who killed him.

Though Reynolds would be the lead, R.I.P.D. will actually be a buddy-cop action comedy and Universal has high hopes of getting Zach Galifianakis to star opposite Reynolds. Of course that's just wish-casting, and though it'd be interested to see these two working together, I'm standing by the fact that Galifiankis is either going to get overexposed or just become really tired from working so much in just a couple years. However, if R.I.P.D. would really be McG's follow-up to This Means War, then it's surely a couple years away. For now the project is still in early development with all the involved talent being incredible busy and not necessarily locked in to play yet. For now count me intrigued, but I'm waiting for more official news first. Thoughts?

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McG is a special effects wizard, that't it. I wanted him to succeed in Terminator Salvation and eventhough I enjoyed that film it didn't help his reputation, We Are Marshall was pretty decent though. If he gets this gig it will be his final chance.

Xerxex on Aug 6, 2010


You say that Galifianakis is getting "played out", but I would say that watching Reynolds play super heroes and the sarcastic action guy is getting a bit old too. ...Maybe I'll change my mind after I see Buried.

peloquin on Aug 6, 2010


I kinda agree with pelo, he's been getting a lot of roles. Don't wanna get burned out on Reynolds, the man can act.

Xerxex on Aug 7, 2010

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