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Robert De Niro in Talks to Join Dimension’s ‘The War With Grandpa’

Tim Hill is set to direct the adaptation of Robert Kimmel Smith’s novel

Robert De Niro is in talks to join the cast of Dimension’s “The War With Grandpa,” an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Tim Hill is set to direct the adaptation of Robert Kimmel Smith’s novel, which follows a young boy who loves his grandpa. But when his grandfather’s wife dies, he has to move in with his grandson and takes his room — much to the youngster’s dismay, who plots a series of pranks to drive him out.

The book first published in 1984.

De Niro will next star in The Weinstein Company’s “Hands of Stone,” which is looking at an Aug. 26 release date. He is working on “The Comedian” costarring Leslie Mann, as well as Martin Scorsese‘s “The Irishman,” on which De Niro will also serve as a producer.

De Niro’s most recent credits include “Dirty Grandpa” and “Joy.”

The actor made headlines in March when De Niro defended screening an anti-vaccination documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival, which he helped found. “I am not personally endorsing the film, nor am I anti-vaccination; I am only providing the opportunity for a conversation around the issue,” the actor said.

The documentary in question, “Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe,” drew outcry from many corners including several prominent science-themed publications. Many in the scientific community feel that “Vaxxed” director Andrew Wakefield is responsible for helping to create the belief that the MMR vaccine can cause autism.

De Niro ended up pulling the documentary.