Shia LaBeouf Could Play Robert De Niro's Annoying Son in Father-Son Spy Thriller

Simon de Bruyn, Contributing Writer
Paramount has picked up rights to Spy's Kid, a story set in the world of espionage with Shia LaBeouf and Robert De Niro in talks to play a father and son spy duo. 

Now just when you are hoping to hear Robert Rodriguez's name right now, which would be a genius move for this sure-to-be-comedy-gold, the studio is also in talks with D.J. Caruso to direct.

According to THR, the movie will be based on a dramatic six-part series of articles by Bryan Denson that were published in The Oregonian in 2011 and told the true story of a traitorous spy who enlists his son to continue his work.

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 son's 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.

No writer is attached as yet.
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