Universal sets dates for R.I.P.D. and sixth FAST AND FURIOUS film

Some late-breaking official release date news to round out your Friday! Universal Pictures has just scheduled two of its most anticipated upcoming films and, though we have to wait until 2013 for both of them, I can honestly say I am genuinely excited for at least one of them.

Up first, Robert Schwentke's take on Peter Lenkov's comic, R.I.P.D., will hit theaters on June 28, 2013. The film is set to star Ryan Reynolds (proving that Hollywood continues to believe that if there is a comic book role to fill, Reynolds is the guy, even after the boring disappointment of GREEN LANTERN) and Jeff Bridges. The film will follow a force of "undead officers" who run the Rest In Peace Department. This certainly sounds like a much better fit for Reynolds, an Bridges should serve as a fun counter-point. This is, however, not the film I am excited about.

That film would be FAST & FURIOUS 6 (or whatever they end up calling it - SIX FAST SIX FURIOUS? FAST AND FURIOUSIX?). Coming off the giant success that was FAST FIVE (the film gave Universal its biggest opening weekend ever and is zooming in on a $600 million box office take), it's a no-brainer that Universal would get going on this entry.

It looks as if Justin Lin will return to direct (his fourth FAST AND FURIOUS in a row), and the film expects to bring back its core cast "for their most dangerous adventure yet." It's also been reported that the film will continue the franchise's slide into more straight-up heist film territory, with all that street racing as a fun side-note. From the end of the FAST FIVE, we can expect to see the gang reunite somewhere in Europe.

Universal has sagely set that film to open on Memorial Day - May 24, 2013.

Which of these films are you most excited to see in 2013?

Source Deadline, Deadline

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At age five, Kate was famous in her first grade class for having seen DIRTY DANCING twelve times (a distinction which was only overshadowed by her other infamous trait of constantly running around with her skirt over her head). While her tastes have turned considerably more refined in the intervening twenty years, Kate still carries a serious torch for dance movies (and for skirt-head). She’s seen every James Bond movie in theaters since 1985 (A VIEW TO A KILL), has never walked out of or passed out during a film (CLOVERFIELD), truly believes movie theater popcorn should be its very own food group, and once told David Gordon Green, “you’re my very favorite director in the whole wide world.” Kate came to Los Angeles for the weather and a writing program at Loyola Marymount University that allowed her to spend weeks on the road, pretending to be Kerouac while drinking a lot of cheap wine. She has stayed in Los Angeles because she can’t imagine living anywhere that doesn’t allow her to tell people, “Tara Reid and I go to the same grocery store.” In her free time, Kate enjoys talking about all things important to various species of the living (including, but not limited to, people, hairless cats, and police ponies), the local Los Angeles music scene, hiking, and telling people to see more movies and read more books.

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