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Honestly, I don’t know why Ryan Reynolds is even wasting his time on “R.I.P.D.” Sure, I think the movie, with its undead buddy cop formula, would make for a more commercial film than, say, the blood and guts and wisecracks of a “Deadpool” movie, but in terms of sheer coolness? “R.I.P.D.” has nothing on “Deadpool”, and from what I’m hearing, Reynolds doesn’t think so, either. Or at least, I don’t see him going around talking about “R.I.P.D.”, or anyone asking him about it.
Meanwhile, Reynolds is talking about “Deadpool” again, and from the sounds of it, “Deadpool” may have just jumped ahead of “R.I.P.D.” in his mind, or maybe he’s decided to drop the movie altogether. Or does he still think he’ll do both? Anything’s possible. In terms of development, “R.I.P.D.” is probably ahead, with a director and a co-star in Jeff Bridges in talks. “Deadpool”, meanwhile, has Ryan Reynolds and first-time director Tim Miller attached, but beyond that, not much.
Speaking to MTV, Reynolds comments on Miller, and what he wants to do with the movie:
I love Tim. Tim is someone who we all vetted through and through. He’s a guy who captures the spirit of it, and he’s also an incredible visual artist. He was also the first guy we met who came up with a huge presentation for it. That was something I hope to able to show you at some point.
Also, Tim came cheap, which helped as well. In order to do this movie the way we want to do it is pretty nasty, and pretty hard. You can’t exactly have a $200 million budget when you want to do a movie like this.
Hard and nasty and semi-low budget is definitely the way to go. Of course, you have to understand that in Hollywood terms, “low budget” is probably around $20-$30 million, which, if you ask any of the real low-budget filmmakers out there, is a king’s ransom.