R.I.P.D. trailer, too much like M.I.B.?
Yes is the answer you're looking for. Watching this trailer there's everything about Men In Black that worked, just hopefully nothing that didn't. The good news is that the effects look amazing and there's an equally strong coupling up front with Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges, and behind them there's Kevin Bacon, Mary-Louise Parker, Robert Knepper and James Hong.
It's a great idea, and I'm hoping it's just the trailer that makes it seem very similar to M.I.B., let's hope that the film has enough differences to stand on its own and not just rely on the aliens versus dead people difference.
Here's an extended outline for R.I.P.D., try to remember this has an extra initial and it's dead people, not aliens.
Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds headline the 3D supernatural action-adventure R.I.P.D. as two cops dispatched by the otherworldly Rest In Peace Department to protect and serve the living from an increasingly destructive array of souls who refuse to move peacefully to the other side.
Veteran sheriff Roy Pulsifer (Bridges) has spent his career with the legendary police force known as R.I.P.D. tracking monstrous spirits who are cleverly disguised as ordinary people. His mission? To arrest and bring to justice a special brand of criminals trying to escape final judgment by hiding among the unsuspecting on Earth.
Once the wise-cracking Roy is assigned former rising-star detective Nick Walker (Reynolds) as his junior officer, the new partners have to turn grudging respect into top-notch teamwork. When they uncover a plot that could end life as we know it, two of R.I.P.D.'s finest must miraculously restore the cosmic balance...or watch the tunnel to the afterlife begin sending angry souls the very wrong way.
R.I.P.D. is directed by Robert Schwentke (Red) and produced by Neal H. Moritz (Fast & Furious series, I Am Legend), Mike Richardson (Hellboy, Hellboy II: The Golden Army) and Michael Fottrell (Fast & Furious series, Live Free or Die Hard).
Actually it is worth taking note of that list of producers but specifically of the director Robert Schwentke who also directed the excellent Red (Filmstalker review), The Time Traveller's Wife and the not so hot Flightplan.
The two writers on the project also wrote on Aeon Flux (Filmstalker review) and Clash of the Titans with credits for The Tuxedo, so while the director looks good and there's strong production in there, the writing is an uncertainty.
Here's the trailer through TrailerAddict for R.I.P.D., see what you think: