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Sep 8th
11:54 am
Lionsgate picks up rights for 'Driving Dick Kelly'  
From ScreenDaily:
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.

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laurenlipkinlip on September 8th, 2014 04:56 pm (UTC)
thats good
Bee: Zac – Watts - soccer - tweet suitjeezbee on September 8th, 2014 05:01 pm (UTC)
That's a really nice outcome. Sounds like it's likely happening now. De Niro is filming something else this Oct/Nov so I guess it could happen early next year if things work out smoothly.
laurenlipkinlip on September 8th, 2014 05:27 pm (UTC)
hes gonna be in chicago with rob
Miranda gives everyone a chancemirandagirll on September 8th, 2014 05:28 pm (UTC)
kleth on September 8th, 2014 07:00 pm (UTC)
Committed to a wide release - I like the sound of that.

De Niro has met Zac at least twice socially (can an encounter in a men's room be considered a social occasion?), but he may not be familiar with Zac's work. If you had to recommend a Zefron movie to introduce De Niro to actor Zac, which one would it be?
Miranda gives everyone a chancemirandagirll on September 9th, 2014 01:34 am (UTC)
Me and Orson Welles.
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on September 9th, 2014 02:39 am (UTC)
hmmm, that's a tough one. i think i'd maybe just give him neighbors because that is the best combination of his good work with the overall film being good.