One of those projects is R.I.P.D., which centers on a cop who was killed on duty and joins a "department" full of slain police officers who are sent back amongst the living to capture unwilling souls. The Boys is an adaptation of a Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson comic book about a group of covert agents who oversee superheroes. Here's what the writers had to say about their upcoming projects R.I.P.D., The Boys, and Staycation.
You guys have a lot of high-profile projects in development now. I was wondering if you could talk about R.I.P.D., with David Dobkin attached to direct. Are you getting into casting now? What is the status of that project?
Phil Hay: I know that the casting part is very active right now. I can't really say anything about it, but I think there are some big possibilities coming up. They are definitely making a lot of moves and I think the studio is really ramping up the efforts to put that movie together. We would be very excited about that.
Do you think we'll be hearing more about that in the near future?
Matt Manfredi: Yeah, hopefully soon.
Phil Hay: We don't mean to be cryptic.
The last we heard about The Boys, Samuel Bayer was interested in directing and we heard that Rob Corddry was interested in starring. Is there anything locked on those guys or was that all talk?
Phil Hay: There has been nothing specific but it's always pretty awesome to hear that people are into it and that are excited about it. I know that the studio is actively trying to put it together right now. Nothing official has happened and I just think there's some good freelance excitement (Laughs). We're just waiting to hear how it's going to come together, at this point in time.
What would you think of Rob Corddry starring in that film?
Matt Manfredi: Oh, I love that guy. I think he's amazing.
Phil Hay: I think there are actually a couple of parts in there that he would be well-suited for.
You also have films like Staycation and The Talent Thief in development as well. Out of these four, which one do you think would have the best chance of going forward next?
Phil Hay: Well, it's interesting. Staycation we're very actively writing right now. We're basically about to turn it in. A lot of our efforts are very focused on trying to make that happen. It's for Todd Phillips, who is amazing and we love working with, so hopefully we can get excited about that. With The Boys and R.I.P.D., once they figure out, knock on wood, that they're able to get them casted and get going, we'd obviously be readily available to jump back into those, as we love them both so much. They're very different from each other, but they both reflect a part of us.
I believe all of these have been kicking around for quite awhile now. Is it nice for these to all be getting some traction these days?
Phil Hay: Yeah. The not-so-secret secret of Hollywood is that it's very rare that you write a draft of a script, you send it in, and everybody is like, 'OK, let's go' (Laughs). It's a long process. The Boys, actually, is fairly recent. There's been a great sense of momentum ever since we've got that to the studio.
Matt Manfredi: When did we do that?
Phil Hay: Just before Christmas. That's a really good thing. R.I.P.D. is a kind of different thing where it's persistent. It's been so close to going, so many times and for a movie as big as that is, there are so many factors that have to come together.
Matt Manfredi: The scale is obviously a factor in that.
Phil Hay: The fact that it's persistent and that people really seem to like it, have stuck with the script and have been a passionate advocate for it over the years, it's an awesome thing to see. I can't wait to see it going.
Be sure to check back in the very near future for my full interview with screenwriters Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi in the very near future. Clash of the Titans stars Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Alexa Davalos, Gemma Arterton, Mads Mikkelsen, Jason Flemyng, Pete Postlethwaite, Polly Walker and Danny Huston. The film, directed by Louis Leterrier, opens on April 2nd.