Ryan Reynolds already slated to star in pic

Universal’s bringing “R.I.P.D.” to life, tapping Robert Schwentke to direct the supernatural actioner, based on Peter Lenkov’s Dark Horse comic about a police department of the dead.

Ryan Reynolds signed last spring to star in “R.I.P.D.,” centered on two officers — one recently dead and one who’s been dead for hundreds of years. The team of Phil Hay & Matt Manfredi is writing the screenplay.

Mike Richardson, founder and President of Dark Horse, will produce for Dark Horse Entertainment and Neal Moritz is producing through his Original Film banner. David Dobkin is exec producing

Scott Bernstein and Maradith Frenkel will oversee the project for the studio.

Schwentke directed Summit’s actioner “Red,” opening next month. He’s also attached to Summit’s “The Osterman Weekend.”

Hay & Manfredi teamed on “Clash of the Titans” and are working on “Staycation” at Warners and “The Boys” for Sony.

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