"Crashers" Director to Battle the Undead

by | April 11, 2006 | Comments

Filmmaker David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers, Clay Pigeons) has his next project lined up over at Universal: Based on a comic book series by Peter Lenkov, R.I.P.D. is a sci-fi comedy concept about a recently demised cop enlisted to head a zombie-fightin’ task force. (And the Aeon Flux scribes are writing it.)

Says Variety: "David Dobkin is moving from cads to cadavers. Universal Pictures has set the "Wedding Crashers" helmer to direct "R.I.P.D.," an adaptation of the comicbook tale about cops out to rid the world of the recently deceased.

Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi, who penned the feature "Aeon Flux," are on board to write the spec, which is being positioned as a sci-fi comedy.

Premise of the comic was that a murdered cop was recruited to work in the Rest in Peace Dept., a ghost-busting police force (itself comprised of ghosts) that battles spirits unready to depart this world."