Spy Kids getting rebooted a la Casino Royale

Director Robert Rodriguez told reporters that he's going to reboot his own hit Spy Kids franchise the way Casino Royale re-invented James Bond: More realistic and gritty.

At a press conference Saturday at the South by Southwest film festival, where he previewed Predators, Rodriguez said that the fourth Spy Kids movie would be "like the Casino Royale to For Your Eyes Only. The other movies were the For Your Eyes Onlys. I love For Your Eyes Only, the Roger Moore James Bonds. This is the Casino Royale."

In the original Spy Kids movies, Alexa Vega and Daryl Sabara played siblings, the children of Antonio Banderas and Carla Gugino, who battled mythological creatures and went into a video game for part three (the first film to bring back 3-D to mainstream motion pictures, BTW). In the proposed fourth installment, expect less green screen and CGI from the new film.

"It's going to be more like the first ones," Rodriguez said. "It'd be very practical, very realistic."

Rodriguez added that he just turned in a script to The Weinstein Company. The film will reboot the franchise with a new group of kids.

"It's like I can go do someone else's franchise that I don't own, or when I had the idea for this, I thought, 'That's kind of cool. It's about 10 years later.'" Rodriguez said. "That's my most loyal audience. More than the geek crowd are the kids. Every day kids and families come up and say. 'Thanks for Spy Kids. We're showing our new kids that.' So I thought, 'Let's revitalize it with an amazing cast and new kids.' That sounds not as good as probably it really is, but when you read the script, it actually is. It didn't sound like we were going back to the well for the fourth time. This actually feels completely new."

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