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Robert Schwentke Hopes to Get "RIPD" With Ryan Reynolds

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    With his upcoming action-comedy "Red" generating some nice buzz, director Robert Schwentke is eying another comic book adaptation, this one starring Ryan Reynolds.

    "RIPD" ("Rest In Peace Department") has Reynolds set to star as Nick Cruz, a cop murdered in the line of duty who agrees to join God's police force in return for a chance to catch his killer.

    McG, the butcher director responsible for "Terminator: Salvation," had been slated to direct "RIPD," but has opted instead for "This Means War," an action romcom about a love triangle that leaves New York City in ruins, leaving the door open for Schwentke, reported 24 Frames.

    Neal Moritz, who is producing "RIPD," said earlier this year that they hoped to start shooting in January, but it now appears that things will be delayed until summer.

    "It’s terrific based on the graphic novel. It’s about two cops, one recently dead and a gunslinger who’s been dead for hundreds of years who work on the Rest in Peace department - which is the police department of the dead," Moritz told Collider. "It takes place on a normal day and it’s about trying to keep the dead quiet."

    Schwentke's "Red," which stars Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman and John Malkovich as a team of retired assassins who must reunite when the CIA decides they must die, comes out Oct. 15.