Netflix Is Rebooting ‘Spy Kids’ With Director Robert Rodriguez Returning

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The 2001 family action comedy film ‘Spy Kids’ is the latest franchise to get a reboot with Netflix announcing it is partnering with the Skydance movie studio and Spyglass Media. The original ‘Spy Kids’ quadrilogy director Robert Rodriguez is returning to write, direct, and produce the movie, which will introduce a new spy family. This will be the second family to join the espionage world and take on the bad guys.

Netflix said in a press release that David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, and Don Granger will produce for Skydance. Elizabeth Avellan and Racer Max will co-produce with Gary Barber and Peter Oillataguerre serving as executive producers.

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“Rodriguez launched Spy Kids with the original film in 2001, followed by 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). Collectively, the franchise has earned over $550 million at the worldwide box office,” Netflix notes.

This will be the second ‘Spy Kids’ project from Netflix. In 2018, they launched ‘Spy Kids: Mission Critical,’ an animated series for children.

The first ‘Spy Kids’ was released in 2001 by Dimension Films on a $35 Million budget-making $147.9 million. It starred Antonio Banderas, Carla Gugino, Alexa Vega, Daryl Sabara, and Danny Trejo. They are the only characters to appear in all four films. Tony Shalhoub and Alan Cummings portray the antagonists.

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‘Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams’ came out in 2002 with Steve Buscemi taking on the role of the antagonist. Rodriguez wrote, directed, edited, and even handled the music with composer John Debney.

The third film in the franchise was 2003’s ‘Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over’ allowed the audience to see the movie with 3-D glasses. It featured Sylvester Stallone as the villain. He would take home a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actor for the role.

‘Spy Kids: All the Time in the World’ featured Jessica Alba and Joel McHale as relatives of the original family. Released in 2011, the movie was the poorest received critically and commercially.


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