Dark Horse Comics Partners With Universal Pictures, 'R.I.P.D.' In Development

'R.I.P.D.And the battle for the comic book flick throne rages on, as SciFi.com reports that Dark Horse founder and publisher Mike Richardson has partnered with Universal Pictures to develop a series of films based on the company's catalog of comics and graphic novels.

"Actually, we're quite busy right now," Richardson tells SciFi. "The most immediate is 'R.I.P.D.' David Dobkin ['Wedding Crashers'] is directing. We're doing it over at Universal Studios. We have a great script by [Matt] Manfredi and [Phil] Hay."

"'R.I.P.D.' stands for 'Rest in Peace Department,'" explained Richardson. "It's based on a graphic novel by Peter Lenkov. It's about dead cops that died in the line of duty that are sent back basically to get people who don't want to come peacefully, people who stayed behind. It's a lot of fun. It has a few of the elements of something like a 'Men in Black,' except this one has real scares in it. It's not sort of a cartoon scares. A lot of humor, but real scary stuff going on."

In addition to "R.I.P.D.," Dark Horse also has three other properties making way to multiplexes in the not-too-distant future. "Emily the Strange," based on the character created by Rob Reger and his company, Cosmic Debris Etc. ("There'll be an official announcement coming up soon," hinted Richardson), "Freaks of the Heartland," which as we've already reported on Splash Page, will be directed by David Gordon Green (”The Pineapple Express”), and "Umbrella Academy," written by Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance.

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