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Spy Kids reboot in the works from original director

Stephanie Chase
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Photo credit: Dimension/Miramax/Kobal/Shutterstock
Photo credit: Dimension/Miramax/Kobal/Shutterstock

From Digital Spy

Spy Kids is set to be rebooted for the big screen and original director Robert Rodriguez is onboard.

Deadline reports that Rodriguez is to team with Skydance Media and Spyglass Media Group to "re-imagine" the Spy Kids franchise.

Rodriguez will write and direct the new film, which will this time focus on a multi-cultural family of international spies.

Photo credit: Dimension/Miramax/Kobal/Shutterstock
Photo credit: Dimension/Miramax/Kobal/Shutterstock

The original Spy Kids movie was released in 2001 and starred Antonio Banderas and Carla Gugino alongside child actors Alexa PenaVega and Daryl Sabara.

The film was a huge box office success and ended up grossing $147.9 million worldwide and spawning three more sequels which, combined, grossed over $550 million at the global box office.

Photo credit: Ethan Miller - Getty Images
Photo credit: Ethan Miller - Getty Images

Rodriguez also served as executive producer of Netflix's Spy Kids: Mission Critical, an animated series based on the franchise which has so far ran for two seasons.

Meanwhile, Rodriguez is currently working on the sequel to hit Netflix movie We Can Be Heroes.

And while the film is a standalone sequel to The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D, the director revealed to Digital Spy last month that the characters of Sharkboy and Lavagirl weren't originally meant to appear in the movie.

Photo credit: Netflix
Photo credit: Netflix

"We sat around and came up with all these superpowers and I turned in an original script, Sharkboy and Lavagirl weren't in it because I needed to deliver an original story," he explained.

"But then once we started going, I said, 'It would be really cool if we had one character who had shark powers and lava powers like I had before, so what if we brought them in as parents?' It would serve double duty in that people would recognise Sharkboy and Lavagirl, even if they never saw that movie.

"It would make it feel like a legitimate adult superhero team like the Avengers because that's what you're trying to tell the audience, and if you put characters in that they recognise, that helps them believe it a little bit more. That was the only reason they were in there, it wasn't born out of wanting to do a sequel."

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