Zach Galifianakis Will Not Join the Force in R.I.P.D.

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So close, yet so very far. Almost a year to the day after funny man and lunatic Zach Galifianakis was attached to the project, he has officially withdrawn from the big screen adaptation of the Dark Horse comic R.I.P.D. (Rest in Peace Department). Sad news for sure. He and Ryan Reynolds together would have been genius.

Zach GalifianakisThe news comes in from Deadline, who reports that Galifianakis liked the project just fine, but scheduling just got too hairy, and as a result he had to pass.

Directed by Robert Schwentke, the story centers on a police force called the Rest in Peace Department and a recently slain cop who joins the force to find the man that murdered him.

Phil Hay penned the script based on the Dark Horse comic by Peter Lenkov, with Neal Moritz and Mike Richardson producing.

Comic Synopsis
Welcome to the Rest in Peace Department–the devoted, yet dead, officers of divine law enforcement “patrolling the deadbeat … reporting to one boss.” Yep–THAT boss. Nick Cruz died an untimely death at the height of his personal and professional life. Why did he join the R.I.P.D.? Well, not knowing the identity of his killer has left his soul a bit … restless. Now he hunts some of the most fiendish creatures, hoping for the chance to find out who set him up so he can get into heaven.

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