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Robert De Niro in talks to star in The War with Grandpa

06.14.2016

Robert De Niro The War with Grandpa

After receiving rave reviews earlier this year for his tasteful work in the sublime comedy DIRTY GRANDPA, Robert De Niro will once again be filling the role of a grandfather in THE WAR WITH GRANDPA. All kidding aside, it's tough to see someone of De Niro's calibre take on roles that seem beneath him, but who knows, maybe he simply enjoys taking part in lighter fare after decades of swimming in the minds of dark characters.

Deadline reports that Robert De Niro is in final negotiations to take on the lead role in THE WAR WITH GRANDPA, an upcoming comedy film based on Robert Kimmel Smith's novel by the same name. The novel follows a "young man who loves his grandfather, but also loves his bedroom. When grandpa’s wife dies, he moves in. His bad leg means he can’t stay in the attic bedroom, so guess who gives up his beloved bedroom? The young man engages in a series of pranks meant to drive out grandpa, but the old man is pretty resourceful in returning each salvo." Doesn't sound like that big of a departure from De Niro's previous comedic roles, here's hoping it's more of a MEET THE PARENTS rather than a DIRTY GRANDPA.

Robert De Niro will tackle THE WAR WITH GRANDPA before he reunites with Martin Scorsese for THE IRISHMAN. Although the project was sold with the expectation that both Al Pacino and Joe Pesci would be involved, it doesn't seem like Pesci is as onboard with THE IRISHMAN as the others are. There's still time for Martin Scorsese to win Pesci over however as production on THE IRISHMAN isn't due to kick off until next spring.

Source: Deadline

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8:44AM on 06/15/2016
Recently watched The Intern and I thought DeNiro was great in it. Not a bad flick. I'll check this out one day I'm sure.. but wouldn't rush to the movies for it.
Recently watched The Intern and I thought DeNiro was great in it. Not a bad flick. I'll check this out one day I'm sure.. but wouldn't rush to the movies for it.
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4:07AM on 06/15/2016
I really don't care what this former super actor does anymore
I really don't care what this former super actor does anymore
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12:38AM on 06/15/2016

Typecasting...

No longer taking comedic Gangster roles. Now just general obnoxious grandpa parts.
No longer taking comedic Gangster roles. Now just general obnoxious grandpa parts.
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9:34PM on 06/14/2016
I gotta be honest here, I watched dirty grandpa this past week. I had incredibly low expectations, and I was surprised that I enjoyed it. I was actually kind of embarassed b/c of how bad the ads make the movie out to be, and it is stupid, most of all of the comedy bits sound terrible on paper, but some of it kinda works to Efron and De Niro's credit.
I gotta be honest here, I watched dirty grandpa this past week. I had incredibly low expectations, and I was surprised that I enjoyed it. I was actually kind of embarassed b/c of how bad the ads make the movie out to be, and it is stupid, most of all of the comedy bits sound terrible on paper, but some of it kinda works to Efron and De Niro's credit.
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4:05AM on 06/17/2016
Agreed... I would say it's the 2nd funniest movie this year to Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping.

I also thought The Intern was light but fun, thought De Niro was cast quite well for that, and I expected to not like that one. Seems to me he's been making better choices since The Family, another De Niro movie that was hated on but I thoroughly enjoyed.
Agreed... I would say it's the 2nd funniest movie this year to Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping.

I also thought The Intern was light but fun, thought De Niro was cast quite well for that, and I expected to not like that one. Seems to me he's been making better choices since The Family, another De Niro movie that was hated on but I thoroughly enjoyed.
7:35PM on 06/14/2016
Does he turn projects down?
Does he turn projects down?
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