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Schwentke to replace McG as director of RIPD

08.12.2010

This is my favorite news story because not only do I get to frequently type the last name Schwentke (as in RED director Robert Schwentke) but also news that McG isn't directing something. McG had been in talks to direct R.I.P.D., the Ryan Reynolds action flick about dead cops patrolling the underworld, but left the project to concentrate on another film, THIS MEANS WAR. Universal, hot to get the adaptation of the Dark Horse graphic novel in production in early 2011, moved quickly to find a replacement and with RED earning its fair share of positive buzz, began talks with Schwentke.

Schwentke on R.I.P.D. isn't a done deal yet but both sides are in talks and Universal wants to close the deal quickly so that the director can immediately begin pre-production on the design and effects work for the film. With GREEN LANTERN 2 already in prep, Reynolds' schedule is only getting busier and busier so there's a limited window of time for him to be able to take on R.I.P.D. If they can't fit it in when Reynolds is available, the whole project may be in jeopardy.

Reynolds has BURIED set for release this fall while Schwentke is putting the finishing touches on RED with Bruce Willis and Morgan Freeman.

Extra Tidbit: Schwentke is also developing SHADOW DIVERS for Fox.
Source: LA Times

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5:35PM on 08/12/2010
Replacing McG aka getting someone who can direct worth a damn. Good move.
Replacing McG aka getting someone who can direct worth a damn. Good move.
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1:17PM on 08/12/2010
Green Box.
Green Box.
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1:12PM on 08/12/2010
Hopefully the project can still move forward if plans fall through with Reynolds as the lead. I mean, the guy isn't the be-all, end-all for comic adaptations. I would personally throw my vote for Clive Owen as the lead.
Hopefully the project can still move forward if plans fall through with Reynolds as the lead. I mean, the guy isn't the be-all, end-all for comic adaptations. I would personally throw my vote for Clive Owen as the lead.
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12:54PM on 08/12/2010
The movie just got that much better.
The movie just got that much better.
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11:53AM on 08/12/2010
While I am happy McG won't be directing the film anymmore, I really don't see him as the Monster everyone is making him out to be. Shit there are worse people out there like Brett Ratner and those douche bags from Vampires Suck. We are Marshall was alright and while Terminator Salvation was no hit, it was still watchable for 2 hours
While I am happy McG won't be directing the film anymmore, I really don't see him as the Monster everyone is making him out to be. Shit there are worse people out there like Brett Ratner and those douche bags from Vampires Suck. We are Marshall was alright and while Terminator Salvation was no hit, it was still watchable for 2 hours
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11:15AM on 08/12/2010
I'm sure lots of people are happy that McG is off the project, and although I'm no fan either, I don't hate him as much as Brett Ratner or Uwe Boll or even David Goyer as a director for that matter. Still, this movie sounds promising and I'd rather it be in the hands of someone who has more potential.
I'm sure lots of people are happy that McG is off the project, and although I'm no fan either, I don't hate him as much as Brett Ratner or Uwe Boll or even David Goyer as a director for that matter. Still, this movie sounds promising and I'd rather it be in the hands of someone who has more potential.
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11:13AM on 08/12/2010
Any move to replace McG as director of film is a move in the right direction.

McG is America's Uwe Boll.
Any move to replace McG as director of film is a move in the right direction.

McG is America's Uwe Boll.
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11:19AM on 08/12/2010
Dude you can't be serious. Not even McG deserves to be called the Uwe Boll of anything. Are we referring to the same Uwe Boll here...because at least McG makes movies (no matter how bad), whereas the self-absorbed egomaniac known as Uwe Boll makes atrocities printed onto pieces of film, and then proceeds to lace them with his horrid bullshit.
Dude you can't be serious. Not even McG deserves to be called the Uwe Boll of anything. Are we referring to the same Uwe Boll here...because at least McG makes movies (no matter how bad), whereas the self-absorbed egomaniac known as Uwe Boll makes atrocities printed onto pieces of film, and then proceeds to lace them with his horrid bullshit.
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9:59AM on 08/12/2010

Why the hate?

I'm glad Schwentke is taking over, Red looks awesome. But why does everyone hate McG so badly? Yes, the Charlies Angels movies sucked, but I thought Terminator: Salvation was on the right track. Not a perfect film but he was on the right track. Now hit me with the thumb downs.
I'm glad Schwentke is taking over, Red looks awesome. But why does everyone hate McG so badly? Yes, the Charlies Angels movies sucked, but I thought Terminator: Salvation was on the right track. Not a perfect film but he was on the right track. Now hit me with the thumb downs.
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11:01AM on 08/12/2010
Because Terminator Salvation was as disappointing as Live Free or Die Hard. You can't go from R to PG-13.
Because Terminator Salvation was as disappointing as Live Free or Die Hard. You can't go from R to PG-13.
12:09PM on 08/12/2010
I agree, it needed to be R, but it wasn't his or Wiseman's decision to be PG-13, it was the studio's. They were trying to make more money. Typical Hollywood thinking.
I agree, it needed to be R, but it wasn't his or Wiseman's decision to be PG-13, it was the studio's. They were trying to make more money. Typical Hollywood thinking.
9:55AM on 08/12/2010

Ferkin A!

Four words: Charlies Angels: Full Throttle.
Four words: Charlies Angels: Full Throttle.
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9:04AM on 08/12/2010
Yep, just knowing its not McG made me more excited for this.
Yep, just knowing its not McG made me more excited for this.
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8:30AM on 08/12/2010
McG not directing a movie? Best news all week!
McG not directing a movie? Best news all week!
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