Zach Galifianakis Out Of R.I.P.D. Adaptation

It looks like Zach Galifianakis has stepped away from “R.I.P.D.”, Robert Schwentke’s big screen adaptation of the Peter Lenkov comic for Universal. The star of “The Hangover 2” cited scheduling conflicts as his reason for the departure.

Here’s what the Dark Horse Comics website says about “R.I.P.D.”:

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 was murdered by an unknown assailant, at the height of his personal and professional life. Now he’s traded a hundred years of service to the R.I.P.D. in exchange for a shot at finding who killed him. Unfortunately his search will take him to Hell and back — literally!

This makes me wonder about the future of this “R.I.P.D”. With Galifianakis’ exit the production loses one star, Ryan Reynolds is the name. Combine this news with today’s announcement that 20th Century Fox finally hired a director for the “Deadpool” movie, another comic property with Reynolds attached to star, and the things start to look a little grim for “R.I.P.D.”. Reynolds may also be contractually obligated to turn around a “Green Lantern” sequel quickly, so who the hell knows what will become of “R.I.P.D.”.