The Dude in Talks to Join Ryan Reynolds’ R.I.P.D.

Jeff Bridges is currently in negotiations to co-star with Ryan Reynolds on the live-action horror/comedy “R.I.P.D.”, based on the comic book of the same name. If the deal goes through, Bridges would be replacing Zach Galifianakis, who left the project when the start of production date became too flexible due to Reynolds’, well, gazillion other commitments. Like, you know, that intergalactic green cop guy, for one.

Robert Schwentke, who last directed the aging spy action/comedy “Red”, will direct for Universal. The film is about “a police force comprised of undead officers,” and will be based on the comic book by veteran TV writer Peter M. Lenkov, who has written for the new “Hawaii Five-O”, “24”, and “The District”, among his many credits.

Bridges and Reynolds will be playing partners in the supernatural comedy — a long-dead veteran and his freshly dead rookie. One guess which cop the fresh-faced Reynolds will be playing.

“R.I.P.D.” sounds interesting and all (a buddy cop movie with dead cops!), but hopefully this doesn’t mean he’ll trade in the merc with a mouth for this. Honestly, I would so much prefer “Deadpool” to this…