Today brings with it word of yet another Robert De Niro starring project. The legendary actor has continued to add to his resume in recent months with a slew of projects ranging from small to big, so we are not exactly surprised that he is now officially in negotiations to join Grudge Match alongside Sylvester Stallone.
This film is a boxing movie from Tommy Boy director Peter Segal meaning this is a comedy. While the world is saturated with dramatic turns on the sub-genre, there lacks a comedic take on the sport which will be provided by Entourage scribe Doug Ellin. That is enough to get many excited about Grudge Match in itself, but seeing how this will pair the two actors who helped define such movies, the feature is being regarded as more than a subtle footnote on one’s IMDB profile.
As for how this fits in the grand scheme of De Niro’s career, this movie will join two comedies already on the actor’s table, Last Vegas and The Comedian. The former has been talked about quite frequently in the press as of late because the effort comes from National Treasure director Jon Turtletaub and sets the actor alongside Morgan Freeman and Michael Douglas in a ‘Hangover with old people’-type bachelor party film. The Comedian appears to be just as interesting though as De Niro will be taking direction from Sean Penn.
For those of you curious about Stallone, he is set to star in the sequel to The Expendables which is due out in August along with The Tomb which also stars Arnold Schwarzenegger.