Robert Schwentke

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Of all the attempts to duplicate the YA fiction-to-film success of Twilight and The Hunger Games, the Divergent series has been closest to catching that lightening in a bottle. That’s not a particularly competitive contest, but the combined $280 million domestic box office take of Divergent and its sequel Insurgent, is nothing to sneeze at, and the films do feature a tremendous cast of young talent including Shailene Woodley, Miles Teller Ansel Elgort, and Jai Courtney (maybe not Jai Courtney). So what could wrong? How about losing the director the series finale mere weeks before the film is expected to go into production in order to meet its etched in stone release date? (more…)

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Well, I think we’re at the point now where for the sake of a lot of producers we hope that Divergent doesn’t totally bomb. The movie, which is based on the worldwide best-seller by Veronica Roth , doesn’t come out for another month, but plans for the sequel are well underway, and now Robert Schwentke has been hired to helm it. Schwentke will take over from Neil Burger on Insurgent, the second of three films which is due in theaters in March 2015. (more…)

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Director Robert Schwentke‘s R.I.P.D. has a new television spot making the Internet rounds. Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds star in this Buddy-Cop-Supernatural-Action-Adventure. They’re dead peace officers brought back to protect and serve the living from dangerous souls that refuse to move on to the after life.

The question is, can this movie garner enough audience to make a real run at making some Hollywood money? We know they’re going to draw in the Hellboy and comic reading crowd, but what about the average movie-goer?

The cast is well-rounded and has quite the list of fan favorites to draw on. We haven’t seen Kevin Bacon‘s role on-screen yet, but the production team is sure to make that a key point to draw in those not familiar with the comic.

Take a look and let us know what you think in the comments section below.

R.I.P.D. hits theater screens on July 19th, starring Ryan Reynolds, Jeff Bridges, Kevin Bacon, Mary-Louise Parker, Stephanie Szostak, Robert Knepper, James Hong, Marisa Miller, Mike O’Malley and Devin Ratray.

Via: Comingsoon

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Robert Schwentke‘s R.I.P.D. has a new movie poster making the rounds on the Internet. Starring Jeff Bridges and Ryan Renolds, R.I.P.D. is an action-comedy cop movie, based on the comic book Rest In Peace Department by Peter M. Lenkov.

A recently slain cop joins a team of undead police officers working for the Rest In Peace Department and tries to find the man who murdered him.

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I’m kinda disappointed in the poster above. It just looks like another standard buddy cop movie. I guess that flying police car is supposed to imply supernatural action or something, although it doesn’t do anything to help the one thing that actually looks supernatural, that huge whirling hole in the background, the car just gets in the way IMHO.

The first trailer is embedded below is you haven’t seen it yet. R.I.P.D. is scheduled for release on June 28th.

Via: Comicbookmovie

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If you’ve been waiting for more visuals from the upcoming R.I.P.D. adaptation, look no further.  This 2013 summer release, directed by Robert Schwentke (Red) and based on a comic of the same name by writer Peter M. Lenkov, will bring together Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds in the roles of some dead guys who continue the good fight from beyond the grave and face down a slew of supernatural baddies.

Check out what it looks like below:


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While I’m not a fan of Reynolds by any stretch of the imagination, I have to say I’m a bit intrigued by this one.  Hell, I might even drop a few bucks to go see it.

If it looks good to you, check out R.I.P.D. when it hits theaters on July 19th.

 

Thanks to /film for the heads-up.

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It’s been a while coming, but finally we have an official look at Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds in R.I.P.D. The adaptation of the Dark Horse comic comes from Universal, was directed by Robert Schwentke, and is expected to release on July 19th. So it’s about damn time we get a look at it! I imagine a trailer won’t be far behind.

This still comes courtesy of Entertainment Weekly, click the above image for a better look. I dig Bridges mustache. Not as spectacular as say, Christoph Waltz in Django Unchained, but still, it’s stylish.

Since it’s been a while since we heard anything about R.I.P.D., here’s a quick refresher,

Nick is dead — at least, that’s how he remembers it — and teams up with another deceased detective, a gunslinger from the Old West (played by Jeff Bridges), to work for the elite task force, the Rest In Peace Department (hence the title), to track down the dead on Earth. (Due to overpopulation, some unsettled spirits haven’t gone where they’re supposed to, and are hiding out). Technically, R.I.P.D. officers (who are overseen by Mary-Louise Parker) aren’t allowed to kill anyone living, and aren’t supposed to interact with anyone from their previous lives, but Nick is haunted by the fact that he was murdered by another cop (played by Kevin Bacon), and can’t let it go.

R.I.P.D. will also star Stephanie Szostak, Marisa Miller, Mike O’Malley, James Hong, Robert Knepper and Tobias Segal. What are ya thinking? Excited?

Source: Bloody Disgusting via Geek Tyrant

Cripes, every time I hear a casting update for director Robert Schwentke’s upcoming R.I.P.D. -an adaptation of the Dark Horse comic series- I think someone has died. Of course the comics full title, “Rest In Piece Department” wouldn’t sound any better. Seriously, I can’t be the only one to see a headline like “So and so Joins RIPD” and not think death at first glance.  Anyway. The flick is set to start shooting in Boston next month (my home town. “Pahk the cah in havahd yahd”) and the finalization of the cast is in process.

R.I.P.D is about a recently murdered man (Ryan Reynolds) who is recruited by the Rest In Piece Department, a group of  dead detectives who police the after life. He teams up with a grizzled old veteran, played by Jeff Bridges, to find out who murdered him and will face-off against a character played by Kevin Bacon.

The new additions include Mike O’Malley, whom some of us may remember from Nickelodeon’s ‘Global Guts’, who’ll be playing a ghost, and Sports Illustrated model Marisa Miller, who’ll play the human avatar of Jeff Bridges’ character. James Hong has also joined the cast of R.I.P.D. Hong is best known for starring in Blade Runner and Big Trouble in Little China. He will play “Grandpa Chen,” Reynolds’ avatar, the form humans see when Reynolds’ character goes about his business.

Personally, I don’t quit know what to make of this casting. R.I.P.D is another comic I have yet to read (I am sooo behind), so I have no clue if these choices are good fits. I’ll leave the matter for you to decide. But, I will say: d-d-d-do you have it?…GUTS!

Deadline broke the news of O’Malley’s casting and The Hollywood Reporter broke the news of Miller’s and Hong’s.

 

Just when you thought you saw the last of “The Dude” he pops up one more time to surprise you with another performance. Jeff Bridges has quite the film career for himself spanning his entire 54 years as one of the finest actors on the market. I’m comfortable enough with who I am to say I have a big ‘man crush’ on Jeff Bridges, the man can do it all. Last year he was a busy getting his Flynn on in Tron Legacy and kicking ass as Roger Cockburn in True Grit, so he’s taking this year off. Thankfully Bridges will be starting off strong in 2012 co-starring the live action adaptation of Peter M. Lenkov‘s R.I.P.D.

The musician, photographer, and wine seller is confirmed  to star alongside Green Lantern star Ryan Rynolds in the Robert Schwentke directed film. The Oscar winning star will play Roy, a dead gunslinger from the old west who teams up with a recently deceased cop to solve the cop’s murder. Two western roles back to back, Jeff must really enjoy using a six-shooter and riding a horse (must be the chaps). Hangover 2 star Zach Galifianakis was attached to for the role but dropped out due to scheduling issues, thank god.

No offense to any of Zack’s fans, myself included, but having Jeff take over is a serious plus for the movie and it hasn’t even started shooting yet. With Ryan and Jeff both having prior experience in comic book based movies this is shaping up to become a grade A hit. Zack pulling dick jokes in an action movie would have watered the credibility of R.I.P.D anyway, thank God for “The Dude”.

Via: Cinema Blend

Movie Trailer: Red

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You know those times when someone recommends a book and you say “I’ll just wait for the movie”? Well, that philosophy might just apply to Robert Schwentke‘s ‘Red‘, which adapts Warren Ellis‘ graphic novel about a group of retired CIA agents.

I’ve heard nothing but good things about the comic and it’s been in my list of things to read, but with my plate being as full as it is I may just skip the read and wait for the movie. And, after watching the trailer for Red that may not be a bad thing.

It features Oscar-Winning actors with machine guns. How could it be bad?

Here’s the official synopsis:

Frank, Joe, Marvin, and Victoria used to be the CIA’s top agents — but the secrets they know just made them the Agency’s top targets. Now framed for assassination, they must use all of their collective cunning, experience and teamwork to stay one step ahead of their deadly pursuers and stay alive. To stop the operation, the team embarks on an impossible, cross-country mission to break into the top-secret CIA headquarters, where they will uncover one of the biggest conspiracies and cover-ups in government history.

Utterly fucked-out premise not withstanding, ‘Red’ actually looks fun as hell. Of course I say that now. I’m betting that if I get to reading the comic before the movie is released I’ll be screaming that it’s a dis-service to comics.

Summit will open Red, which stars Bruce WillisMary-Louise ParkerHelen MirrenMorgan FreemanJohn MalkovichKarl UrbanBrian CoxRichard DreyfussErnest BorgnineJulian McMahon, and James Remar on October 15.