Zach Galifianakis Drops Out Of ‘R.I.P.D.’ For Scheduling Reasons

Zach Galifianakis has announced that he will no longer be starring in “R.I.P.D.” alongside Ryan Reynolds. This comes approximately two months after Galifianakis first got involved with the film.

According to a report at Deadline, Galifianakis has dropped out not because he dislikes the script about undead cops, but because of all-important scheduling reasons. With other things on his plate — namely “Southern Rivals” for Warner Brothers and the series “Bored to Death” for HBO — things simply got too hectic.

Reynolds has a lot on his plate too, of course. Could Galifianakis’ departure give Reynolds more time to focus on “Deadpool,” another comics-inspired movie that’s has his name attached to it? Just last year, Reynolds suggested he would do either “R.I.P.D.” or “Deadpool,” but not both of them. There’s also the matter of the sequel to “Green Lantern” and if that will have to be accomplished soon.

Universal Pictures, which first partnered with Dark Horse in 2008 to make “R.I.P.D.,” had expressed hopes to start shooting this summer, so one wonders if this news will change their schedule as well. Let’s just hope this supernatural movie about the undead won’t end up . . . well, dead before it even gets a chance to start.

What do you think will happen with “R.I.P.D.”? Is there another actor you think would be good to step in for Galifianakis? Do you think Reynolds should stick with this project or focus his efforts on “Deadpool” instead? Let us know in the comments section or on Twitter!