Hangover's Galifianakis backs off Man-Witch

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

Zach Galifianakis isn't making a Man-Witch just yet. if ever.

The story goes something like this: Jack Black was circling the comedy, which would follows the (mis)-adventures of a grown man who nurtures his recently discovered supernatural abilities by attending an all-girls' witch school. Black ultimately exited the project, and Galifianakis—a rising star thanks to The Hangover and the upcoming G-Force—was reportedly set to step into Black's shoes.

But in an exclusive interview this month in New York City, where he was promoting the July 24 release of G-Force, Galifianakis—who also appeared in the short-lived Eliza Dushku TV series Tru Calling—revealed that Man-Witch is on the back burner.

"That's not too close," Galifianakis said. "It's a script I liked, and it was a funny PG movie. A lot of comedies these days are very hard R or they're very family-[oriented]. I was talking about doing it about a month ago, but the director [Hangover's Todd Phillips] that was going to direct, he lost interest in directing it and wanted to produce it. When he lost interest in directing it, I kind of was, ... now, I'm a little hesitant, because I was comfortable with him directing it."

If the film ever comes together, Galifianakis added, writers will need to adapt it to play to his strengths. "I think any movie these days, you cater to whoever the person is [starring in it]," Galifianakis said. "I can't do what Jack Black does, so they would just have to make it where you don't need as much talent. That's what they do."