Ryan Reynolds appears to have his next comic book movie locked down, and it's looking less likely that it will involve a certain mouthy mercenary from the Marvel Universe.
As originally reported by Deadline, Universal Pictures has announced a release date of June 28, 2013, for "R.I.P.D.," an adaptation of a Dark Horse Comics series that will star Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges. The film will be directed by Robert Schwentke and follow a dead police officer who joins the supernatural "Rest In Peace Department" in order to investigate his own murder.
While the announcement is a vote of confidence for the project, it's uncertain what it means for the other comic book movie Reynolds is attached to star in: the "Deadpool" solo movie spinning out of his debut as the character in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine."
"Deadpool" is currently scheduled for a 2014 release, which might not interfere with "R.I.P.D." filming, though Reynolds previously indicated that he'll star in one of the two films, not both of them. He recently offered up some thoughts on "Deadpool," and praised the involvement of newly announced director Tim Miller.
All "Deadpool" concerns aside, "R.I.P.D." looks like everything is being put in place to meet the target release date, with Reynolds attached as main character Nick Cruz and Bridges playing the role of a veteran on the undead police force, Roy.
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