Get ready for a brand new supernatural movie with R.I.P.D this July! Starring Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges, R.I.P.D. is based on the comic book – Rest In Peace Department by Peter M. Lenkov. After a detective named Nick Cruz (Reynolds) is murdered in action, he wakes up fand finds himself a part of the undead police division and becomes the partner of Roy Pulsipher (Bridges). Pulsipher is a veteran officer of R.I.P.D. – a department of dead police officer whose sole mission is to protect the living from malevolent evil spirits who refuse to move into the afterlife. Check out what the producers have to say about this new action film: R.I.P.D below:
“How R.I.P.D. Compares to The Comic Books
While we’ve already seen some marketing materials and debut trailers for the majority of this summer’s offerings, we only recently got our first look at director Robert Schwentke’s supernatural actioner R.I.P.D. The film is based on the Dark Horse comic of the same name and stars Ryan Reynolds as a newly deceased cop who joins a group of undead officers in the “Rest In Peace Department” to help combat a rising force of nefarious corpses. The film’s debut trailer showcases a tone similar to that of Men in Black, as Reynolds and Jeff Bridges put a supernatural spin on the buddy cop format.
Steve recently sat down with producer Neal Moritz for an extended interview, and during their wide-ranging conversation Moritz talked a bit about R.I.P.D., speaking to the film’s tough development process, the difficulty in finding the right tone, and how the film compares to the comic source material. Hit the jump to read on.
Speaking with Steve, Moritz said that nailing down the right tone was the toughest part of R.I.P.D., but the film hinges on the chemistry between Reynolds and Bridges:
I think…the hardest part of the movie was, ‘What is the exact tone of this movie?’ We’ve talked a lot about movies like Lethal Weapon meets Men In Black or a little bit of Beetlejuice thrown in there, a little bit of Ghostbusters. But really the core of the movie is the relationship between Jeff and Ryan. For me, buddy cop comedies are really almost my favorite genre and this is really aimed at that. How do we make the relationship of the buddy cop movie fresh? And I think the two of those guys are terrific in it and their relationship just sparkles – by far the best part of the movie, the part that I really look forward to watching every time I watch the movie.”
Speaking of which, the film went through a number of iterations before Reynolds and Bridges were set in the lead roles:
“It was incredibly hard [to get a greenlight]. It was one of these movies that came together and fell apart many, many times. But I’ll never forget reading the script the first time. The first time I read the script I was like, ‘I have to make this movie.’ I just loved the relationship between those guys so much and I just loved the concept of the police for the dead…We had a number of combinations of cast that wanted to do the movie together but it just never came together right. When ultimately it started to get steam again, we got Jeff Bridges to play that role. To me, out of all the combinations that potentially almost did this movie, there could not have been a better combination than Jeff and Ryan. Jeff just embodies that character so much, it’s amazing.”
The rest of the interview can be read at Collider.
R.I.P.D is directed by Robert Schwentke and is scheduled to be released on July 19th 2013.
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