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That’s “Spy’s Kid”, not “Spy Kids”. From the sounds of it, the film is a gritty look at the world of espionage and traitors, so it’ll be a curious thing if they stick with the title because it instantly brings up images of the silly Robert Rodriguez franchise about spy kids. Or at least, it did for me. I mean, there were 60 of those movies, after all.
In any case, D.J. Caruso is currently in talks to direct “Spy’s Kid”, with Robert De Niro and Shia LaBeouf also in talks to play a real-life father-and-son spy duo that sold America’s secrets to its enemies, thus ensuring their family back-to-back wins for “Worst Americans … EVER” Award.
The movie will be based on a 6-part article by Bryan Denson that was originally published back in 2011:
Jim Nicholson was a 20-year CIA vet who in 1996 was convicted of spying and sentenced to 23 years in prison, becoming the highest-ranking officer convicted of espionage. In 2004, his youngest son, Nathan Nicholson, began to seek solace and advice from his father in an Oregon federal prison after leaving behind a failed Army career and in a state of depression. The father raised his son’s spirits but also coached him in spycraft, in effect launching a second act of espionage from behind bars by using his son as a courier. In the ensuing year and a half, Nathan traveled the world selling secrets to the Russians, all the while getting deeper and deeper over his head.
De Niro obviously would play the father, while LaBeouf would be the son. Wouldn’t it be hilarious if it was the other way around?
Anyways, LaBeouf would be re-teaming with Caruso on the film, the duo having previously worked together on their mutual breakthrough hit “Disturbia” and later, the thriller “Eagle Eye”.
Paramount will foot the bill.
Via : THR