Robert De Niro to Father Shia LaBeouf as 'Spy's Kid' in New Thriller
Right now audiences can see Shia LaBeouf as an intrepid reporter exposing the alleged shady past of Robert Redford in The Company You Keep, but soon they'll be able to see the Transformers franchise star teamed up with another legendary actor. Heat Vision has word that LaBeouf is currently attached to Spy's Kid, a thriller that would see him playing the son of a traitorous CIA spy played by Robert De Niro, trained to continue his father's legacy. The title is a little weak, but the film would reunite the actor with director D.J. Caruso (Eagle Eye, Disturbia) and continue their Hitchcockian collaborative trend. Read on!
The story described as having flares of Catch Me If You Can is based on a six-part series of articles from The Oregonian which chronicled the life of Jim Nicholson, a CIA spy who worked at the agency for 20 years and was convicted of spying and went to prison for 23 years. Eight years into his sentence, Nicholson's son Nathan begins asking his father for advice after failing to make a life in the Army and falling into depression. Simultaneously bringing him back from the dark and coaching him as a spy, Nicholson used his son for even more espionage by selling secrets to Russian intelligence.
Right now a book is in the works for Grove-Atlantic with IAM Entertainment already owning the rights to adapt it into a film. Right now no writer is attached, and De Niro and LaBefouf's final involvement is contingent on the script, so this one is just starting development. IAM already has the life rights to make the film happened, and they've got the market cornered on the subject since he's never spoken to anyone about this part of his life besides Bryan Denson, the man who wrote the articles on which the film and book will be based. This sounds like a cool premise, but I hope that Caruso doesn't dumb it down to hit a younger audience like his aforementioned work with LaBeouf from years past.