Everything is all cleaned up for the release of Dirty Grandpa. The Robert De Niro and Zac Efron starring pic was at the heart of a nasty legal dispute that broke out this spring between producer Bill Block and his former company QED. Well, after months in the courts with both sides condemning the other, it’s all good now.
“QED, a leading independent motion picture production, financing and distribution company, and Bill Block announced today that they have resolved their legal dispute to the mutual satisfaction of all parties,” said a joint statement from both parties late Wednesday. “Bill Block and QED look forward to the release on January 22nd of Dirty Grandpa, a QED Production with Bill Block producing and Sasha Shapiro and Anton Lessine executive producing. Details of the settlement have not been disclosed.”
This all hit the docket on April 1 when QED sued its co-founder and ex-CEO with a trademark infringement and unfair competition complaint. The company, which Block exited earlier this year, claimed that all sorts of underhanded dealing in and around Dirty Grandpa and the Bruce Lee biopic Birth Of The Dragon. The Fury producer and his lawyer Marty Singer shot back that the lawsuit was “ridiculous,” without merit and that they would “prevail on QED’s specious claims.” After that it was filing and filing in the courts, as usually happens in such matters. Now that is all over.
Not that Block is sitting on the sidelines on other matters. Even before leaving QED, the producer and PalmStar Media Capital CEO Kevin Frakes joined with Raj Singh’s Merced Capital L.P. to launch Merced Media in October 2014. The producer has the Untitled Jon Lucas and Scott Moore moms comedy starring Mila Kunis, Christina Applegate and Kristen Bell in the pipeline for STX.