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Shia LaBeouf and Robert De Niro to team up for D.J. Caruso's Spy's Kid

04.22.2013

Here is a pairing that I would be intrigued to see. Robert De Niro is still a very capable actor who has chosen some lackluster roles lately. Shia LaBeouf is a budding talent looking to break out of the mold he cornered himself into with the TRANSFORMERS movies. What better way to get some careers back on track than with a movie featuring both of them together?

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film will be based on a series of articles published in 2011 that followed a father-son spy duo in a CATCH ME IF YOU CAN-like real life adventure. Here is the synopsis:

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 sonís 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.

A lot of people complain about LaBeouf as an actor, but I genuinely liked him in LAWLESS, EAGLE EYE, and DISTURBIA. D.J. Caruso, who directed LaBeouf in both DISTURBIA and EAGLE EYE, is close to signing on to direct SPY'S KID. He seems to bring out the best in LaBeouf's performances, so maybe this will be a third win in a row for the pair.

De Niro was excellent in last year's SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, so having him back in the forefront of a dramatic film instead of the comedy dreck he has been starring in the last few decades would be welcome as well. They just need to do something about that awful title. All I could think of was this is an odd pair of actors for a remake of the Robert Rodriguez 3D series.

Involvement from both actors and the director are contingent on the quality of the screenplay, which has yet to be written. There is also a book due to be released in the future. This may seem premature and may fizzle into nothing, but it is an intriguing film possibility if it does come to fruition.

Extra Tidbit: Actually, a SPY KIDS movie starring these two may not be so....yeah, I couldn't type that with a straight face.

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3:11AM on 04/23/2013
They definitely need to change that title, since it sounds too close to Spy Kids.
They definitely need to change that title, since it sounds too close to Spy Kids.
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11:55PM on 04/22/2013
They need to come up with a better title so it doesn't sound like Agent Cody Banks. On that note, I really hope somebody reboots the Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz. Great book series, actually took the "teenage spy" concept fairly seriously, completely botched up film (the screenplay of which was inexplicably written by Horowitz himself).
They need to come up with a better title so it doesn't sound like Agent Cody Banks. On that note, I really hope somebody reboots the Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz. Great book series, actually took the "teenage spy" concept fairly seriously, completely botched up film (the screenplay of which was inexplicably written by Horowitz himself).
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8:10PM on 04/22/2013
A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints is easily the best thing he has done with his career. The film is criminally underrated and is a personal favorite of mine.
A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints is easily the best thing he has done with his career. The film is criminally underrated and is a personal favorite of mine.
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7:57PM on 04/22/2013

spy kids ?

For the love of god change the name i was like what their doing another spy kids movie ? wish shia LaBeouf ?
For the love of god change the name i was like what their doing another spy kids movie ? wish shia LaBeouf ?
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6:27PM on 04/22/2013

Also, they got to change the films name.

"Spy's Kid" is almost laughable and is not only instantly confused with Spy Kids, but actually makes Spy Kids a BETTER title.
"Spy's Kid" is almost laughable and is not only instantly confused with Spy Kids, but actually makes Spy Kids a BETTER title.
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5:51PM on 04/22/2013

Would be down as hell for this

btw check out A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints for Shia LaBeouf's best performance, a real hidden gem of a movie as well also starring Robert Downey Jr., Chazz Palminteri and Channing Tatum. Worth tracking down and I know it is a film that has changed many people's minds on Shia as well. Easily his best performance I think, and a notable one just in general too.

Also De Niro was great in Silver Linings, but he was absolutely fantastic in Being Flynn, which came out a few months before but
btw check out A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints for Shia LaBeouf's best performance, a real hidden gem of a movie as well also starring Robert Downey Jr., Chazz Palminteri and Channing Tatum. Worth tracking down and I know it is a film that has changed many people's minds on Shia as well. Easily his best performance I think, and a notable one just in general too.

Also De Niro was great in Silver Linings, but he was absolutely fantastic in Being Flynn, which came out a few months before but because it wasn't a David O Russell film it didn't get any attention then or during award season, but I thought it was a great film with a Best-of-De Niro worthy performance from him. THAT is the performance that he should've got a Best Supporting Actor nod for, not his work in Silver Linings (though that was great, just incredibly small and less impressive in comparison).

Highly recommend checking out both of those films to all.
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8:08PM on 04/22/2013
A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints is such a great film. It's one of my personal favorites and I think it has Shia's AND Tatum's best performances in it.
A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints is such a great film. It's one of my personal favorites and I think it has Shia's AND Tatum's best performances in it.
5:47PM on 04/22/2013

D.J. Caruso is a talentless studio puppet and a leading voice in the new wave of slick bullshit filmaking...

The man hasn't had one original idea or interesting camera shot in his entire career. While the story sounds cool and the talent involved decidedly deserves better material, knowing Caruso's name is attached will undoubtedly result in this being another shiny turd the studios will try to pass off as incredible. Prove me wrong D.J. I double dog dare you.

Sorry, I haven't had my coffee yet... and also he sucks.
The man hasn't had one original idea or interesting camera shot in his entire career. While the story sounds cool and the talent involved decidedly deserves better material, knowing Caruso's name is attached will undoubtedly result in this being another shiny turd the studios will try to pass off as incredible. Prove me wrong D.J. I double dog dare you.

Sorry, I haven't had my coffee yet... and also he sucks.
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7:00PM on 04/22/2013
I still think The Salton Sea is a good movie.
I still think The Salton Sea is a good movie.
7:17PM on 04/22/2013
That is by far his best flick to date and while I don't particularly care for it, (I thought it was just OK), I can see why people like it and I will admit that D'Onofrio and Kilmer were both good in it.
That is by far his best flick to date and while I don't particularly care for it, (I thought it was just OK), I can see why people like it and I will admit that D'Onofrio and Kilmer were both good in it.
9:34PM on 04/22/2013
I also think The Salton Sea is a good film.
I also think The Salton Sea is a good film.
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5:35PM on 04/22/2013
Shia is the least likable actor with a shitty personality
Shia is the least likable actor with a shitty personality
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