"It’s a very special project again that has a lot of elements that I really respond to sort of at a molecular level," said Schwentke, the director of "Red" and the developing "R.I.P.D." adaptation.
"I feel like it’s going to give me the ability to mix those together for the first time," he told Collider in a recent interview. "It’s got some buddy cop stuff in it and it has some romance in it. It has some action-comedy in it again. It’s going really well. We are in the midst of re-writing it."
Schwentke said that he's targeting a PG-13 rating for the film — "I think you can make movies that don’t have to pull their punches and don’t feel like they’ve been neutered by a rating," he said, "so hopefully it doesn’t feel like you’re watching a PG-13 movie and that there were things that we weren’t able to do" — and although Reynolds is still attached to the project, no further casting decisions have been made.
"We’ve been sort of thinking about it, but we haven’t really had a chance to have long conversations because we are at the very beginning of that process," said the filmmaker. "So there’s not really a name that has risen to the top yet. But we are definitely looking for a strong comedic voice for [the role of Reynolds' partner]."
In addition to "R.I.P.D.," Schwentke has just started developing a new project with Summit Entertainment called "The Osterman Weekend," based on a novel by "Bourne" architect Robert Ludlum.
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