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Lionsgate announced release dates for two upcoming projects: sequel Now You See Me 2 and roadtrip comedy Dirty Grandpa.
Dirty Grandpa (working title) will star Zac Efron and Robert De Niro, as The Hollywood Reporter exclusively reported during the Toronto Film Festival.
The comedy, which is slated for release on Dec. 25, 2015, follows an uptight, soon-to-be-married man who is tricked into driving his foul-mouthed grandfather, a former Army general, to Florida for spring break.
Dan Mazer is directing the film from a script by John Phillips. Barry Josephson, Bill Block and Michael Simkin are producing.
The Lionsgate film will open up against other Christmas 2015 wide releases, including Mission Impossible 5, The Revenant and Joy.
Lionsgate has snapped up US and UK rights in Toronto to the raucous comedy project, one of the sales sleeper hits of Toronto that QED International introduced to the market last week.
It is understood the studio has committed a significant amount to a wide release on the comedy. CAA represents US rights.
Robert De Niro and Zac Efron will star in Dirty Grandpa. Dan Mazer will direct from a screenplay by John Phillips about a soon-to-be-married man who drives his grieving grandfather to Florida and en route learns his elderly relative is a hard-parting hedonist.
QED’s Bill Block, Barry Josephson, Jason Barrett and Michael Simkin are producing.
Lionsgate negotiated the deal with CAA for US and QED International for the UK.
Sources in the acquisitions community said the project has been one of the most well received of the market. None of the parties in the deal returned calls to confirm the development.