Sylvester Stallone & Robert De Niro Confirmed for ‘Grudge Match’

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Sexagenarians Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro are set for some serious fisticuffs, now that Warner Bros. has greenlit their boxing comedy Grudge Match. The film will be directed by Peter Segal (The Longest Yard, Get Smart), working from the most recent script draft written by Doug Ellin (creator of Entourage).

The story revolves around two former professional boxing rivals (Stallone and De Niro, who previously shared the screen in Cop Land), who are now crotchety old men enjoying their retirement. However, the opportunity to square-off one more time in the ring proves too tempting for the curmudgeonly ex-brawlers. Cue the wacky training montages!

Deadline reports that Kevin Hart (Think Like a Man) has been cast as the fight promoter who convinces Stallone and De Niro to come out of retirement for one final bout in the ring. Producers include Segal’s go-to collaborator Michael Ewing, in addition to Billy Gerber (The Dukes of Hazzard, Gran Torino) and Mark Steven Johnson (the screenwriter on both Grumpy Old Men movies and director of When in Rome).

Based on those collective credentials, you can probably surmise what sort of tone this laughfest is going for. Moreover, much of the comedy will likely spawn from De Niro playing ‘the underdog’ to Stallone – who remains as insanely-ripped as ever, as evidenced by the shots of a shirtless Sly in the trailers for next year’s Bullet to the Head.

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Stallone battles Jason Momoa in ‘Bullet to the Head’

It’s been about twenty years since Stallone last made a high-concept comedy like Grudge Match, and the result back then was Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot. Still, the narrative formula for the former has proven occasionally-successful over the years (Grumpy Old Men, Space Cowboys), due in no small part to the charm and heart the seasoned casts have brought to the otherwise cliche proceedings. We shall just have to wait to see how well Stallone and De Niro play off one another as the best of frenemies.

More on Grudge Match as the story develops. In the meantime, you can catch De Niro in next month’s Silver Linings Playbook, while, Stallone’s Bullet to the Head arrives next February.

Source: Deadline

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  1. Didn’t Stallone just recently play an old boxer that’s convinced to come out of retirement for one last bout?

    • he did in rocky balboa, back in 2006, but that’s a drama movie, this is a comedy, so i think it should be alright

      • Yes I know, my comment was more of a rhetorical question pointing out the similarities between these two movies :)

        I guess we’ll see how this one works out. De Niro would look really scrawny next to Stallone though so I’m not sure how they’re going to handle that. Plus he’s freakin Rocky! No way Raging Bull could beat Rocky.

        • yeah, i knew it was a rhetorical question, but for some reason, i still wanted to put an answer, lol, anyways, i agree, rocky would win by a landslide

        • Stallone and De Niro are both about 5’9″ and weigh around 220. I don’t think it’d be too big a deal.

          • 220? i’d be surprised man. I don’t know about De Niro but Stallone is pretty shredded. 220’s pushing it, for someone who’s 5’9.

            • Just read that Stallone tries to stay about 210-215.

  2. They worked well together in Cop Land. This should be worth a rental.

    • Is “Copland” good? I haven’t seen it.

      • oops *Cop Land*

  3. Stallone vs. DeNiro in a comedy? That could be something awesome.

    At least DeNiro isn’t doing another movie with 50 Cent again.

    I mean Righteous Kill and Freelancers.

    I hope he choose his projects well since he is a legendary actor.

  4. i don´t know if it´s just me,but since -the expandables- i have become a bigger fan of him, and i´m more anticipated for his upcoming movies. i know that i didn´t liked his movies between 97-2008, the most were direct to d.v.d movies like -get carter- and some others. he is makin better quality movies again.

  5. What a shame. I remember when De Niro was the best and most respected actor in the world. I guess he just peaked early. It’s been downhill since Copland in 1997 (his last real impressive dramatic performance). This silly farce will do nothing to restore his old glory.

  6. Not sure how De Niro’s body is going to take this one. Lets hope the humour is good enough to cover it up.

    • watch -cape fear-, this man is a chamalion. with a expensive personal trainer he could beef up,i mean he will never get in shape like a young person,but it could work.

      • Correction: He WAS a chameleon. When he could actually act. Now he looks and sounds the same in every movie.

        • they have made good movies and they mustn´t show how much more and better they can act. they don´t need it. they were honoured with so many prices and awards and are living legends. i don´t care anymore for de niro´s movies since 12 years,the movies weren´t all good,but he was always good in what he has done. i think they both had enough and have enough respect in the hollywood industry, and have earned enough.