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Kevin Bacon, fresh from his portrayal of Sebastian Shaw in X-Men: First Class, is in final negotiations to play the villain in Universal’s R.I.P.D., Variety reports. He’ll join Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges in director Robert Schwentke’s adaptation of the 2000 Dark Horse miniseries.
Created by Peter M. Lenkov and Lucas Marangon, R.I.P.D. centers on the Rest In Peace Department, a divine law-enforcement division comprised of ghosts who grapple with spirits who aren’t ready to depart this world. Reynolds stars as Nick Cruz, a recently murdered police officer who trades 100 years of service to the R.I.P.D. in exchange for a shot at finding his killer, while Bridges plays his partner, a wise-cracking ghost who’s been hunting spirits since the 19th century.
Clash of the Titans screenwriters Matt Manfredi and Phil Hay penned the script. Dark Horse’s Mike Richardson will produce with Neal Moritz and David Dobkin.