‘My Spy’ Success Could Lead To A Sequel From Amazon And STX

My Spy, the action-comedy that paired Dave Bautista with child actress Chloe Coleman, might be getting a sequel. Deadline reports that STX and Amazon are considering another film based on it performing very well on Amazon Prime.

The plan had been from the start to turn My Spy into another franchise for Dave Bautista, but given the many headaches that went into releasing the film I thought those ideas had faded. Shooting had finished in 2018, but a release date in August 2019 was called off at the last second. The film was then pushed to January 2020, then March which is when I saw it for the first time. That was the day the coronavirus shut everything down, and the movie was delayed into April, and with theatres staying closed STX sold the rights to Amazon who released it in June, apparently to great success.

Directed by Peter Segal, My Spy stars Bautista as JJ, a bruising CIA agent who blows a major case and is busted down to doing surveillance on witness and her young daughter, Sophie.  When Sophie blows his cover, JJ is forced to take her under his wing so she keeps quiet. In the process, they become friends as Sophie proves she’s more than a match for JJ in just about every way.

Bautista, Coleman, and Segal are all being considered to return. Without them, this would probably be one of those lame direct-to-DVD sequels that is only tangentially connected to the original movie. I hate those.

 

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.