The partnership between Universal Pictures and Dark Horse Comics is responsible for bringing us the awesome Hellboy, and now the two groups have decided to continue their partnership to adapt further comics to film. Mike Richardson, founder of Dark Horse Entertainment, recently told SCI FI Wire that a slate of movies to be developed has been agreed upon, including the company's popular R.I.P.D.
"Actually, we're quite busy right now," Richardson said at a party celebrating the Blu-ray release of Hellboy II: The Golden Army "The most immediate is R.I.P.D. ... David Dobkin is directing. We're doing it over at Universal Studios. We have a great script by [Matt] Manfredi and [Phil] Hay. R.I.P.D. stands for Rest in Peace Department. It's based on a graphic novel by Peter Lenkov. It's about dead cops that died in the line of duty that are sent back basically to get people who don't want to come peacefully, people who stayed behind. It's a lot of fun. ... It has a few of the elements of something like a Men in Black, except this one has real scares in it. It's not sort of a cartoon scares. A lot of humor, but real scary stuff going on."
Richardson went on to discuss the partnershup with Universal, saying "We have a slate of projects that we're setting up over at Universal. We've just done a new partnership with Universal. We're very excited about it. We're going to bring some great movies from them. They'll have an announcement very shortly, a press release very shortly about our slate. ... They're great people over there and they really understand the kinds of books and movies that we do."