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Sep 9th
10:40 pm
Date for De Niro/Efron Comedy  
From THR:
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.

IDK about this date because it is already a crowded month and Seth has a Christmas comedy set to be released Dec. 11, 2015. Also topically, it seems like March/April would work better. So we'll see what happens. However, the confidence and commitment to date the film (and at a competitive time of year) is pretty awesome!
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annabelle83 on September 10th, 2014 05:21 am (UTC)
I'm pleasantly surprised how fast it has got a distributor and now it's already got a release date. The date is pretty good too. They are all good signs. Zac looks really happy these days and now we know why. lol Congrats Zac. :)
kleth on September 10th, 2014 07:29 pm (UTC)
A year from Christmas? I can't wait that long. Santa must be one of those Zac haters. Worse yet, Lionsgate will probably wimp out and reschedule it for the following March/April, as suggested.

At least Zac is playing a "soon-to-be married" character. Maybe in his next film, he will take the plunge and portray a guy with a wife and kids. I dare you, Zac.
Beejeezbee on September 15th, 2014 09:30 pm (UTC)
Late comment but as usual we share an opinion. Nice to see the commitment and confidence from Lionsgate but it doesn't feel like a particularly good fit. Idk if they want to get the Fockers audience but this feels way to R-rated for that demo. And getting theaters around that time is hard too. But for now, I'm just glad it already has a date, they can always move it.

I also hope they get another good producer on board. I don't think Bill Block, Jason & Michael are people who normally do the day-to-day stuff. And Barry Josephson's filmography isn't particularly encouraging. I would love them to get someone with good r-rated comedy experience to join. Esp since the director is still fairly green behind the ears.