Red director Robert Schwentke could return to the comic book genre as he is apparently in the running to direct R.I.P.D., according to The Los Angeles Times.

We reported just last week that McG could direct this film as a follow-up to his new project This Means War, but this new story indicates that since McG committed to This Means War, Universal still wants to move forward with the project and now Schwentke, "is back in the R.I.P.D. mix," according to the site's sources.

It was said that R.I.P.D. is a top priority for Universal and they want to start shooting the film next summer, when star Ryan Reynolds' schedule is open.

Schwentke would direct from a script by Clash of the Titans screenwriters Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi, based off Peter M. Lenkov's Dark Horse Comics graphic novel. The story revolves around a younger cop who is killed on duty and finds himself in the afterlife R.I.P.D., a group of slain cops who help capture unwilling souls.

We'll be sure to keep you posted with any further developments regarding R.I.P.D. as soon as we have more information.