Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro is in discussions to star in Dimension Films' upcoming comedy The War With Grandpa Slaven Vlasic / Getty

Having played a 'dirty grandpa' alongside Bad Neighbours star Zac Efron back in January, Robert De Niro is in talks to appear in a patriarchal role again as he circles a new project – though, this time you can be sure it won't be quite as raunchy. The 72-year-old is reportedly set to star in comedy The War With Grandpa, currently in development by Dimension Films.

According to Variety, the movie will centre around widowed grandfather who moves in with his family when his wife passes away. There's only one problem, his grandson is really attached to his bedroom and doesn't really want to give up having it all to himself... In an attempt to drive his relative out of the room, the young man begins carrying out several pranks but unluckily for him, his grandfather isn't going to shy away from getting his own back.

The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie director Tim Hill is set to direct while Matt Ember and Tom Astle (Home, Get Smart) have penned the most recent script, working from Lisa Addario and Joe Syracuse's (Parental Guidance) first draft. Phillip Glasser, Marvin Peart (Mob Wives) and Rose Morris Peart are producing with Jane Rosenthal (Meet The Parents) and Barry Welsh acting as executive producers.

While full details are yet to confirmed, if De Niro were to come aboard the picture, it's believed that he would shoot it before going on to film already-scheduled Martin Scorsese mob movie The Irishman, alongside Joe Pesci.

Prior to that, he will be seen in a variety of guises - in biopic Hands Of Stone, about former professional boxer Roberto Durán and The Comedian alongside Leslie Mann and Danny DeVito.

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