While we’ve already seen some marketing materials and debut trailers for the majority of this summer’s offerings, we only recently got our first look at director Robert Schwentke’s supernatural actioner R.I.P.D. The film is based on the Dark Horse comic of the same name and stars Ryan Reynolds as a newly deceased cop who joins a group of undead officers in the “Rest In Peace Department” to help combat a rising force of nefarious corpses. The film’s debut trailer showcases a tone similar to that of Men in Black, as Reynolds and Jeff Bridges put a supernatural spin on the buddy cop format.
Steve recently sat down with producer Neal Moritz for an extended interview, and during their wide-ranging conversation Moritz talked a bit about R.I.P.D., speaking to the film’s tough development process, the difficulty in finding the right tone, and how the film compares to the comic source material. Hit the jump to read on.
Universal Pictures has released first trailer for director Robert Schwentke’s (Red) adaptation of the Dark Horse comic R.I.P.D. The supernatural actioner stars Ryan Reynolds as a newly deceased cop who joins a group of undead officers in the “Rest In Peace Department” to help combat a rising force of nefarious corpses. The trailer has a very strong Men in Black vibe, as Reynolds’ “new to death” rookie is introduced to this new supernatural world by his partner, a colorful veteran R.I.P.D. member played by Jeff Bridges. There’s a nice mix of humor and action on display in this debut trailer, and the chemistry between Bridges and Reynolds—which one imagines is the make or break aspect of the film—looks quite promising.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer and see the new images. The film also stars Kevin Bacon, Mary Louise-Parker, Stephanie Szostak, Marissa Miller, and James Hong. R.I.P.D. opens in 3D on July 19th in the U.S. and on August 30th in the U.K.
With Robert Schwentke’s (Red) adaptation of the Dark Horse comic R.I.P.D. arriving in theaters June 28th, Universal has released the first poster for the film at CinemaCon in Las Vegas. For those unaware, CinemaCon is a convention put on for theater owners in order to get a look at what the studios have to offer for the rest of the year. It’s essentially Comic-Con for theater owners.
R.I.P.D. centers on dead cops who work for the “Rest in Peace Department,” with Ryan Reynolds playing a newly deceased cop and Jeff Bridges taking on the role of his partner, a seasoned R.I.P.D. veteran. The film also stars Mary Louise-Parker, Kevin Bacon, Stephanie Szostak, Marissa Miller, and James Hong. R.I.P.D.’s been on my radar since it was first announced, and I’m hoping Universal will show some footage this week in Las Vegas. I’d imagine with the poster being released, the first trailer should be online really soon. Hit the jump to see the poster/display.
Update: I’ve learned the first trailer for R.I.P.D. is attached to Oblivion next weekend, so I’d imagine it’ll be online later this week. Update 2: Universal has released the high-quality official version. Check it out after the jump.
Feast your eyes on the latest images from the following films opening later this year:
- The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – Yesterday’s new image featured the Everdeen sisters, but today’s focuses on Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth). Starring Jennifer Lawrence, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire opens November 22nd.
- 300: Rise of an Empire – We got our first look at the 300 sequel just a few days ago and today brings our first glimpse of Eva Green as the film’s antagonist, Artemisia. 300: Rise of an Empire opens August 2nd.
- R.I.P.D. – Today’s first look at the comic adaptation about two undead gunslingers features Jeff Bridges, Ryan Reynolds and their weapons of choice. R.I.P.D. opens July 19th.
Hit the jump to view all of the new images.
The Western Jane Got a Gun has gotten off to a bit of a rough start. The film was to begin production this past Monday, but director Lynne Ramsay abruptly left the project by reportedly not showing up for the first day of filming, leaving the pic in a state of uncertainty. Gavin O’Connor (Warrior) was quickly brought in to replace Ramsay, but then Jude Law dropped out of the project as a result of Ramsay’s departure, leaving the film without a villain. Natalie Portman is poised to star as a woman whose outlaw husband returns home riddled with bullets, spurring her to team up with her ex-lover (Joel Edgerton) in order to seek revenge against the man responsible (the villain role yet to be cast).
With production apparently back underway, O’Connor and the film’s producers are scrambling to replace Law as quickly as possible. A new report has surfaced suggesting that they’re casting a pretty wide net to fill the role, as Jake Gyllenhaal, Tobey Maguire, and Jeff Bridges are among those being considered. Hit the jump for more.
Warner Bros. has released the first images from their upcoming fantasy-adventure film, Seventh Son. The plot follows mystical knight Father Gregory (Jeff Bridges) and his apprentice Tom Ward (Ben Barnes) and their fight to defeat the evil witch, Mother Malkin (Julianne Moore) and her followers. The title comes Ward’s character who is the “seventh son of a seventh son” and thus has special “chosen one” powers.
Hit the jump to check out the images. The film also stars Olivia Williams, Djimon Hounsou, Kit Harington, Antje Traue, and Alicia Vikander. Seventh Son opens October 18, 2013.
The long-in-development feature film adaptation of Lois Lowry’s lauded children’s book The Giver is taking a big step forward. Variety reports that director Philip Noyce (Salt, Patriot Games) is now in early talks to helm the adaptation for The Weinstein Company, Walden Media, and star Jeff Bridges. The book concerns a utopian society where all memories of the past reside with a sage figure known as “The Giver”. When a 12-year-old boy is selected to be the new Giver, he learns of the hypocrisies and hidden truths of his world. Bridges nabbed the rights to the book 20 years ago with the intention of developing it as a starring vehicle for his father, Lloyd, but now he intends to produce and star. Hit the jump for more.
We’ve got some shuffling of release dates for two Warner Bros. distributions and a new release date for one of our favorite films from this year’s Sundance. Here’s a glance:
- Warner Bros. pushes back The Seventh Son from February 15th, 2013 to October 18th, 2013.
- Another Warner Bros. film, Beautiful Creatures, has taken Seventh Son’s place by moving back two weeks to open on February 15th, 2013.
- Starring Frank Langella, James Marsden, Liv Tyler, Susan Sarandon and a robot (voiced by Peter Sarsgaard), Robot and Frank will open on August 24th of this year.
Hit the jump for more on each film.
Earlier this week, we brought you word that production had begun on Sergey Bodrov’s (Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan) fantasy adventure, Seventh Son. Now we can bring you the first concept art released for the film, something not seen outside of last year’s Comic-Con. While it doesn’t show off an awful lot, you can get a definite sense of setting and scope from the image.
Based on the The Spook’s Apprentice, the first novel in Joseph Delaney‘s young adult book series, The Wardstone Chronicles, Seventh Son follows a knight training a new apprentice to combat an old evil (how’s that for vague? More plot details after the jump.) The film stars Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore, Kit Harington, Ben Barnes and Olivia Williams. Hit the jump for the official synopsis and a look at the image.
Universal is looking to cast one of two film icons as the titular elder in the comedy Dirty Grandpa. The script was written by comedian John Phillips (Bad Santa 2) and centers on “a soon-to-be-married uptight grandson who is tricked into escorting his lascivious and recently widowed former Army general of a grandfather to spring break in Florida.” Vulture reports that Jeff Bridges has been offered the lead role, but in the event that The Dude does not abide, the studio plans on approaching Michael Douglas for the lead role. While the title and logline sound like a bad, straight-to-DVD Happy Madison movie, if either Bridges or Douglas signs on I will be 1000% more interested. Hit the jump for more.
Production has begun on the fantasy action adventure flick Seventh Son, and with that announcement comes an official synopsis. Briefly: Jeff Bridges plays a knight who had imprisoned an evil witch (Julianne Moore), but then she escapes and plans to do evil witchy things. The knight is forced to take on an apprentice (Ben Barnes)—the seventh son of a seventh son—and only has until the next full moon to get the kid up to snuff. The movie is based on The Spook’s Apprentice, the first novel in Joseph Delaney‘s young adult book series, The Wardstone Chronicles, which has franchise potential because of course it does. Thankfully, it’s got a good cast on board, which also includes Olivia Williams and Kit Harington.
Hit the jump for the press release, which includes the synopsis. Legendary Pictures made a brief presentation for the film at last year’s Comic-Con so it’s possible we might see another appearance at this year’s Con. The press release doesn’t include a release date, but Box Office Mojo is listing the film for February 15, 2013.
Some new images have surfaced from the set of Robert Schwentke’s (Red) adaptation of the Dark Horse comic R.I.P.D. The film centers on dead cops who work for the “Rest in Peace Department,” with Ryan Reynolds playing a newly deceased cop and Jeff Bridges taking on the role of his partner, a seasoned R.I.P.D. veteran. The images give us another look at Reynolds and Bridges (who looks like a Civil War Colonel) hamming it up, and we get another peek at Kevin Bacon who’s playing the villain in the film.
Hit the jump to check out the images. The film also stars Mary Louise-Parker, Stephanie Szostak, Marissa Miller, and James Hong. R.I.P.D. opens on June 28th, 2013.
I know that we just posted photos from the set of R.I.P.D. yesterday, but they were missing one thing you Collider readers love: Jeff Bridges. Bridges is looking particularly ragged (though sharp in white suspenders) as a seasoned veteran of the “Rest in Peace Department” populated by undead police officers. Bridges and Ryan Reynolds play partners in film, seen here walking the streets of Boston. Kevin Bacon, Mary Louise-Parker, Stephanie Szostak, Marissa Miller, and James Hong also star in the comic book adaptation directed by Robert Schwentke (Red). R.I.P.D. is scheduled for release on June 28, 2013.
Hit the jump for the set photos, plus video of car-centric shots.
Following today’s fairly shocking news that Ridley Scott is set to direct a follow-up to his sci-fi classic Blade Runner, Ridley’s brother Tony is now gearing up for a remake of the 1969 film The Wild Bunch. Scott is in talks to helm a reboot of the classic, which tells the story of an aging outlaw gang on the Texas-Mexico border. Jerry Weintraub (Ocean’s Eleven) is producing and Brian Helgeland (L.A. Confidential) is writing the screenplay.
The Wild Bunch isn’t the only film on Scott’s plate at the moment, as he has quite a few projects that he’s currently mulling over. The director’s follow-up to Unstoppable looks to be the non-train-on-the-loose pic Hell’s Angels, which centers around the 2001 Laughlin riots when the Angels were caught up in a war with a rival gang. Hit the jump for more details on Hell’s Angels, including the possible casting of Jeff Bridges, and updates on Scott’s other projects.
It’s strange to have watched the cult of The Big Lebowski grow since release. The film was Joel and Ethan Coen’s follow-up to Fargo, which was an academy award-winning crime drama with a funny center. After the disastrous The Hudsucker Proxy (which has also gained a cult following) Fargo put the boys back in good graces, but the story of Jeff “The Dude” Lebowski (Jeff Bridges), and the kidnapping that turns him into amateur sleuth with sidekick Walter Sobchek (John Goodman) was greeted as a sophomore slump. Now it’s revered as a masterpiece. Our review of the limited edition Blu-ray of The Big Lebowski follows after the jump.