Robert De Niro Taking a Road Trip with Zac Efron in 'Dirty Grandpa'
Johnny Knoxville already became a Bad Grandpa in the Jackass spin-off film from last year, but now Robert De Niro may become a Dirty Grandpa. THR has word that the legendary actor is in early talks to play a perverted former Army general who thinks his grandson is about to marry the wrong woman, and so he tricks him into driving down to Florida for spring break where, as we all know, there's plenty of sexy action. Zac Efron is also in early talks to take the role of the grandson with I Give It a Year director Dan Mazer getting behind the camera. The project was at Universal, but is now being shopped at TIFF by QED.
A couple of years ago, Michael Douglas and Jeff Bridges were said to be circling the project written by Bad Santa writer John Phillips, but that was when the project had a studio home. Now it's a new version of the film, and a teaming of Efron and De Niro sounds promising. It's just sheer coincidence that Efron is fresh off the comedy Neighbors where he and his fraternity brothers threw a Robert De Niro party to bug his next door neighbor Seth Rogen. The only worrisome fact is that De Niro's forays into comedies have mostly been lackluster in recent years. But maybe the right script and co-stars can change that.
UPDATE: Apparently the project is now being titled Driving Dick Kelly, so there you go.