The forthcoming comedy THE WAR WITH GRANDPA has tapped acting legends Robert De Niro and Christopher Walken to star. The movie will be the first time the actors have worked together since the 1978 Academy Award-winning drama The Deer Hunter.
Based on the book by Robert Kimmel Smith, the movie tells the story of a kid who reluctantly gives up his bedroom to accommodate his grandfather (De Niro), whom he loves but wants out of his room. The boy engages in a series of pranks meant to drive his grandpa out, but the old man is pretty wise to it and retaliates with his own pranks. Walken is set to play De Niro’s best friend.
The two actors join veteran comedic actor and Christopher Guest staple Eugene Levy. Tim Hill will direct the script from Matt Ember and Tom Astle. Lisa Addario and Joe Syracuse also contributed to the script. Phillip Glasser, Marvin Peart, and Rosa Morris-Peart will produce while Jane Rosenthal and Berry Welsh will serve as executive producers. Marro Films will produce and the movie will be distributed by Dimension. The movie is set to open in theaters on April 21, 2017.
This marks yet another “senior comedy” for De Niro. Earlier this year he starred in Dirty Grandpa opposite Zac Efron. He recently starred in the boxing drama Hands of Stone with Edgar Ramirez and Usher Raymond.
Walken recently provided the voice for King Louie in Disney’s live-action version of The Jungle Book. He also appeared in Nine Lives, Eddie the Eagle, and the Jason Bateman-directed dramedy The Family Fang opposite Nicole Kidman and Kathryn Hahn.
Dino-Ray Ramos | Staff Writer