Dobkin on freak beat

Helmer goes from 'Wed' to undead

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.

Project is being produced by Neal H. Moritz and Mike Richardson. Comicbook scribe Peter Lenkov is exec producing.

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.

In addition to “Wedding Crashers,” Dobkin helmed “Shanghai Knights” and “Clay Pigeons.”

Overseeing for Universal are production veep Scott Bernstein and creative exec David Ortiz.

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