Robert Rodriguez, the director who last helmed the Priyanka Chopra Jonas-starrer We Can Be Heroes, will be directing the reimagined version of the Spy Kids series, reported Deadline Hollywood.
Skydance Media has bought the rights to relaunch the film alongside Spyglass Media Group. Rodriguez will also be writing the story.
The franchise has had four films so far over a decade, namely, Spy Kids (2001), Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams (2002), Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003), and Spy Kids: All The Time in the World (2011).
The Spy Kids franchise is an American spy adventure film that revolves around the journey of two children, Carmen and Juni Cortez. While the first film in the series sees the children rescue their parents, who are also spies, after they are captured during a mission, the second and third instalments see the brother-sister duo becoming professional spies and their journey . The final instalment, however, deviates and comes back with two kids, Rebecca and Cecil, trying to rescue their step-mother.
According to The Guardian, Rodriguez said the film is “Willy Wonka-meets-James-Bond”. The film aims to combine the absurd wonder of Willy Wonka, a character from the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and the allure of fictional spy James Bond. The James Bond franchise revolves around the fictional English detective MI6, based on Ian Fleming’s novel by the same name.
According to Deadline, “Spyglass owns the Spy Kids franchise and in recent months Skydance became intrigued in the IP as it looks to diversify its slate. For this next installment, Skydance will serve as the lead studio and oversee development and production while Spyglass’ Gary Barber and Peter Oillataguerre will executive produce.”
The franchise has featured actors like Alexa Vega, Daryl Sabara, Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Selena Gomez and Carla Gugino.
Apart from the Spy Kids franchise, Rodriguez has also directed The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl and Alita: Battle Angel. The former’s sequel, We Can Be Heroes, released on January 1 on Netflix.
It focuses on a the journey of a bunch of superhero chidden who to try and save their parents and the world while exploring their powers.