Here's the trailer for R.I.P.D., the upcoming action-comedy that casts Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds as a team of afterlife agents on the hunt for unlicensed dead guys trying to co-exist with the living. And here, also, are Universal's pre-production notes detailing their instructions on remaking Men in Black, hopefully without their getting sued by anyone:
- Base this on a comic that's abbreviated differently.
- Make it about dead people, but feel free to still make the dead people look entirely alien.
- Cast a different weathered actor playing entirely to type.
- Instead of giving said weathered actor a brash, sassy foil, cast a partner whose only clearly-defined trait is that he used to have a really cool police car.
- Still big shiny guns, obviously.
- A supermodel?
As fine as it is to see Ryan Reynolds dead, isn't it way more amazing to see James Hong alive, and at least three decades into playing "old Chinese guy"?