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"Half the Size. Twice the Spies."
—tagline, Spy Kids: Armageddon[3]

Spy Kids: Armageddon[4] is a 2023 American spy adventure comedy film written, directed and produced by Robert Rodriguez. It is the fifth entry in the Spy Kids film series as well as a reimagining/reboot of the franchise. The film premiered on Netflix and is the second Spy Kids project produced for the platform, after Spy Kids: Mission Critical.

Plot[]

A new "Spy Kids" movie adventure

When the children of the world’s greatest secret agents unwittingly help a powerful game developer unleash a computer virus that gives him control of all technology, they must become spies themselves to save their parents - and the world.[5]

Cast[]

Production[]

Development[]

On January 26, 2021, it was announced that Skydance Media optioned the rights to the Spy Kids franchise and would be the lead studio to oversee development and production of a reboot, following the breakout success of his last film We Can Be Heroes. Rodriguez will write, direct and produce the film, while Spyglass Media execs Gary Barber and Peter Oillataguerre will be the executive producers.[7]

On March 30, 2022, it was announced the film has landed on Netflix,[8] making it the second Spy Kids project produced for the streaming service. David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Don Granger will produce for Skydance, which will oversee development and production. Elizabeth Avellan and Rodriguez's son Racer Max Rodriguez will also produce.[9][10][11][12]

On June 23rd, 2022, it was announced that Gina Rodriguez, Zachary Levi, Everly Carganilla and Connor Esterson were cast and set to star as the new multicultural family of spies[7], and Racer Rodriguez will co-write the film.[13]

On July 23rd, 2022, it was announced that Billy Magnussen was cast.[14]

On August 8th, 2022, it was announced that DJ Cotrona was cast.[15]

The film will be titled Spy Kids: Armageddon[4], which was the original name for Spy Kids: All the Time in the World.[16][17]

Production wrapped on August 31st, 2022.[18][19]

In May 2023, at a press tour for his new movie Hypnotic, Rodriguez hinted at Spy Kids: Armageddon's release window, saying it "won't be any earlier than August".[1]

On August 1st, 2023, Netflix released the teaser trailer and the release date has been revealed to be September 22nd.[2]

Soundtrack[]

Spy Kids Armageddon soundtrack

The film score was composed by Robert Rodriguez, his son Rebel Rodriguez, and John Debney.

Track listing[]

  • Spy Kids 2023 – Robert Rodriguez & John Debney (2:40)
  • Torrez Breakfast – Rebel Rodriguez (2:09)
  • Parents on a Mission – John Debney & Rebel Rodriguez (1:17)
  • Rey Kingston / The King – Rebel Rodriguez (1:53)
  • Hallway Creaky Sneak – Rebel Rodriguez (1:20)
  • Sleeper Kiss – John Debney & Rebel Rodriguez (2:52)
  • Game Warriors – John Debney (1:57)
  • Mega Race – Robert Rodriguez (2:30)
  • Ambush Lasers – Rebel Rodriguez (1:13)
  • King’s Lair – John Debney (2:05)
  • Duel – John Debney (2:43)
  • Spy Training – Robert Rodriguez (1:22)
  • Bronson / How to Be a Spy – Rebel Rodriguez (2:09)
  • OSS Headquarters – John Debney & Robert Rodriguez (3:23)
  • Attack on the OSS – John Debney (1:52)
  • Operation Fireball / Peace and Harmony – John Debney (2:05)
  • Stopping Armageddon – Rebel Rodriguez (1:13)
  • Parent’s Lament – Robert Rodriguez (1:01)
  • End of the World – Rebel Rodriguez (3:04)
  • Skeleton Battle – John Debney (2:47)
  • O Fortuna Spy – Robert Rodriguez (2:43)
  • The One Hit / Inspire Them – Robert Rodriguez & Connor Esterson (2:42)
  • Thank You – Rebel Rodriguez (2:22)
  • Kids Are Spies – John Debney & Robert Rodriguez (0:59)
  • Spy End Credits – Rebel Rodriguez (2:38)
  • Armageddon – Rhiannon Rodriguez & Tiger Darrow (2:53)

Reception[]

Critical reviews[]

On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, 54% of 35 critics' reviews are positive, while audiences scored at 44% based on over 100 ratings.[20] According to Metacritic, which compiled 10 reviews and calculated an average score of 55 out of 100, indicated "mixed or average reviews".[21]

Samantha Bergeson of IndieWire says it "will certainly appeal to kids today, the kind that fall into the pre-tween age group who still dream about joining the CIA. As spy boss Devlin says at the end of the film, it’s simply onto the next mission for the 'Spy Kids' family. Will that sequel rival 'Spy Kids 2'? Stay tuned."[22] Maggie Lovitt of Collider says it "may never be the generation-defining cult classic that its predecessors were, but it is still a long-overdue return to an unparalleled universe. In Rodriguez’s world, hopepunk rules, and very few storytellers feel compelled to tell stories where there’s unwavering optimism and hope for the future."[23]

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Trailers[]

Clips[]

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References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 https://collider.com/spy-kids-armageddon-release-window-robert-rodriguez-comments/
  2. 2.0 2.1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9J11FAMRm8
  3. https://twitter.com/ParamountAustin/status/1704952736456798648
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Production Weekly – Issue 1300 – Thursday, May 26, 2022 / 17 Listings – 38 Pages"
  5. https://www.netflix.com/tudum/articles/spy-kids-reboot-cast
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 https://www.netflix.com/tudum/articles/spy-kids-reboot-netflix
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Skydance Media To Reimagine The ‘Spy Kids’ Franchise With Spyglass Media And Series Creator Robert Rodriguez", Deadline, January 26, 2021.
  8. https://twitter.com/netflix/status/1509228970243362820
  9. https://variety.com/2022/film/news/spy-kids-franchise-netflix-1235218936/
  10. https://www.valleycentral.com/entertainment-news/netflix-announces-spy-kids-reboot/
  11. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/movies/movie-news/spy-kids-movie-netflix-1235122439/
  12. https://www.nerdsandbeyond.com/2022/03/31/netflix-announces-upcoming-spy-kids-reboot/
  13. https://deadline.com/2022/06/spy-kids-gina-rodriguez-zachary-levi-netflix-and-skydance-1235050398/
  14. https://deadline.com/2022/07/spy-kids-billy-magnussen-netflix-reboot-1235073989/
  15. https://deadline.com/2022/08/spy-kids-dj-cotrona-netflix-1235087490/
  16. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fqnz5Iuv-yQ
  17. https://moviehole.net/exclusive-more-spy-kids-4-details/
  18. https://twitter.com/Rodriguez/status/1565051810901069824
  19. https://www.instagram.com/p/Ch71CW9OCrg/
  20. https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/spy_kids_armageddon
  21. https://www.metacritic.com/movie/spy-kids-armageddon/critic-reviews/
  22. https://www.indiewire.com/criticism/movies/spy-kids-armageddon-review-netflix-1234907306/
  23. https://collider.com/spy-kids-armageddon-review/
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