DavidDobkin will direct Universal's long-in-the-works comic book adaptation RIPD based on the Dark Horse comic book Rest In Peace Department.

PhilHay and Matt Manfredi will adapt the screenplay about a murdered police officerwho is recruited to a supernatural agency charged with removing troublesomespirits from Earth.

NealH Moritz and Mike Richardson will produce, and Peter M Lenkov, who wrote thecomic book, will serve as executive producer.

Dobkin'spreviously directed Wedding Crashers, Shanghai Knights and Clay Pigeons. Hayand Manfredi co-wrote both Aeon Fluxand Crazy/Beautiful.

Universal'svice president of production Scott Bernstein and creative executive David Ortizwill oversee the project for the studio.

Dobkinis represented by CAA and attorney Warren Dern. Hay and Manfredi are handled byUTA and attorney Alan Grodin.