Robert Rodriguez, the director, has clarified his decision to exclude original Spy Kids stars Alexa PenaVega and Daryl Sabara from the latest instalment, Spy Kids: Armageddon. Rodriguez expressed that he is not opposed to bringing them back but felt that the lengthy gap since the last movie in the franchise, Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World, necessitated a fresh start.
In an interview with Yahoo Entertainment, Rodriguez explained, I wanted to establish a new family because it had been so long since 2011’s All the Time in the World. It was important to reboot the franchise and then build from there.
Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World featured PenaVega and Sabara alongside Jessica Alba, Joel McHale, Rowan Blanchard, Mason Cook, Ricky Gervais, and Jeremy Piven. Rodriguez, known for his work in various movies and series, including The Book of Boba Fett, Grindhouse, and From Dusk Till Dawn, expressed interest in expanding the Spy Kids universe with a new family but did not rule out the possibility of bringing back the original characters.
He stated I would love to bring back these characters and connect the worlds. That would be a lot of fun. It could still exist in the same world, so if we continue making more movies, legacy characters could make a return.
Rodriguez also highlighted the significance of releasing another Spy Kids sequel in Hollywood’s current storytelling landscape. He mentioned that creating original stories in Hollywood, not based on preexisting material owned by studios, can be challenging. So, when you can develop your own narrative and create sequels, it’s a rare opportunity, and you’ll seize it.
The original Spy Kids movie, released in 2001, starred Antonio Banderas and Carla Gugino as spies who, after being kidnapped, are rescued by their children, portrayed by PenaVega and Sabara. Since then, the franchise has expanded with four more movies, including Armageddon, and an animated series titled Spy Kids: Mission Critical.