Universal Pictures’ R.I.P.D. is aiming for a July 19th release and it has been a long time coming. The film seemingly shot forever and, according to screenwriters Matt Manfredi and Phil Hay, it was all in service of making this Dark Horse adaptation a bigger experience for the fans.
The pair explained the added scenes to Collider with Manfredi elaborating, “A lot of the core scenes from our early drafts are still there. They’ve remained through every version of the script. I think where it changed a little bit from the first draft to the last draft is that it just got bigger and bigger in scope. And so, the finale was a smaller set piece in our first draft and it developed. We were in a meeting recently, and we were like, “do you remember when this ended on a farm, like Witness?””
Hay adds, “…But in the movie, it’s a lot of two guys driving around in a car together and driving each other insane. That’s what this movie is and what’s it’s always been. I think that Jeff and Ryan do incredibly well together.”
Robert Schwentke directs the film starring Ryan Reynolds, Jeff Bridges, Kevin Bacon, Stephanie Szostak, Mary-Louise Parker, Marisa Miller, Mike O’Malley, James Hong, Robert Knepper and Tobias Segal.