Kevin Bacon has signed on to the Robert Schwentke’s ( Red, Flightplan ) R.I.P.D, as the villain.
R.I.P.D. tells the story of Ryan Reynolds’ cop who, having been killed on the job, is recruited into a team of dead police offices, the Rest in Peace Department.
The Univeral film will be an adaptation of the Dark Horse comic by Peter M. Lenkov.
Ryan Reynolds is set to play Nick Walker, the recently murdered cop out to catch his own killer, with Jeff Bridges as his older, more experienced partner.
Kevin, fresh from playing another comic book villian, Sebastian Shaw, in X-Men: First Class, seems keen as ever to keep himself busy having recently finished Crazy, Stupid, Love , and with Jayne Mansfield’s Car currently in filming.
Mat Manfredi ( Clash O f The Titans, Aeon Flux ) and Phil Hay (eerr… Clash Of The Titans, Aeon Flux ) are the principle scriptwriters, which might cause some to wince, but hopefully with the strong source material, and a great cast, we can expect a little more from them then the bracketed examples might suggest.
With Kevin up to no good again, and the rather tantalising prospect of the Reynolds/Bridges partnership out to get him (has Kevin already ‘got’ Ryan in the real world?) we think this could be one comic book adap to keep an eye on.