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Zach Galifianakis has one of the biggest hits of the summer in The Hangover. Now he's being very careful before he orders his next drink.

The actor's name has surfaced in connection with at least three projects, those familiar with the situation have said: Todd Phillips' pregnancy-themed comedy Due Date; the laugher Say Uncle; and another Phillips' project, the supernatural comedy Man-Witch. All three are set up at Warner Bros.

In addition, there's a Warners-ballyhooed sequel to the Phillips-directed Hangover, which could put the same cast of characters in newly outrageous situations -- and could bring back Galifianakis too.

Of the two Phillips projects, one is reminiscent of Hangover, while the other branches him out in a different direction.

Due Date centers on a slacker who takes hits the road with an uptight businessman; like Hangover, it also features a road trip and a baby among the plot lines.

But Man-Witch, a project to which Jack Black once was attached, is an entirely different animal: It centers on a man who finds he has supernatural talents -- a discovery that leads him to attend an all-girls witch school.

But while the three pics have been presented to the town as Galifianakis projects (in order to attract other cast), the actor has yet to commit to any of them.

Typically, an actor will make a new deal just before his new movie comes out, or -- in the case of a film that's expected to be a hit -- not long after.

The success of Hangover, which has earned $204 million in five weeks of domestic release, was expected to prompt a flurry of deals. And indeed, one of the film's other stars, Bradley Cooper, signed on for a plum role in Fox's reboot of The A-Team shortly after Hangover broke out.

Galifianakis, though, has been far more deliberate.

While many discovered the CAA-repped actor at multiplexes this summer, he's hardly a newcomer. The 39-year-old North Carolina native is well-known on the stand-up circuit for his offbeat brand of humor, and he has done a number of Comedy Central specials.

But it was his role as a dazed slacker in Hangover, in which he famously walks through part of the movie with a baby strapped to his chest, that vaulted him to stardom.

Steven Zeitchik and Borys Kit write for The Hollywood Reporter.

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