'Red' Director Signs On For 'R.I.P.D.' Adaptation

R.I.P.D.Last month, reports emerged naming "Red" director Robert Schwentke as the leading candidate to helm the adaptation of "R.I.P.D.". And apparently a deal has been made.

According to Variety, Schwentke has officially signed on to direct "R.I.P.D.," which will feature Ryan Reynolds in the starring role. The earlier report indicated that plans call for the film to be shot next summer during a hole in Reynolds' incredibly busy schedule. "Clash of the Titans" screenwriters Phil Hay & Matt Manfredi are writing the adaptation.

"R.I.P.D." was created by Matt Lunsford, Lucas Marangon and Randy Emberlin and first published by Dark Horse back in 2000.

The series followed a recently murdered cop named Nick Cruz who gets a chance to find his murderer in exchange for one hundred years of service as a part of the "divine law enforcement" (better known as the "Rest In Peace Department"). As part of his new assignment, Cruz is partnered with a gunslinger who's been dead for hundreds of years.

The project was first picked up by Universal back in 2008 as part of a larger deal with Dark Horse. Reynolds signed on to star in the film earlier this year.

In addition to helming Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner's "Red" — of which a new clip debuted earlier today — Schwentke also directed "The Time Traveler's Wife" and "Flightplan."

What are your thoughts on Schwentke as the director of "R.I.P.D."? What do you think this means for the potential "Deadpool" adaptation starring Reynolds? Break the fourth wall and let us know what you're thinking in the comment section or on Twitter!