McG Out, Schwentke In On “R.I.P.D.”?

Late last week McG (“Charlie’s Angels,” “Terminator Salvation”) was said to be circling “R.I.P.D.” at Universal Pictures, but now Robert Schwentke (“RED,” “Flightplan”) has emerged as the leading candidate reports The L.A. Times.

Ryan Reynolds is attached to star a young cop murdered in the line of duty who agrees to enlist in “God’s police force” for a chance to catch his killer. The action follows a regular day in the life of him and his partner, a gunslinger who himself has been dead for centuries.

Both Schwentke and McG were competing to helm the project until the other week when the rom-com “This Means War”, which McG is committed to, suddenly kicked into high gear at Fox and essentially put him out of the running.

Universal is aiming to shoot the project next Summer but wants a director to begin pre-production on the film almost immediately. Schwentke himself has been linked to several film adaptations of late including Robert Ludlum’s “The Osterman Weekend”. Just last week the German helmer was said to be attached to a film based on Robert Kurson’s “Shadow Divers”.