With Shia LaBeouf pretty good at choosing movies, it’d seem Robert De Niro might be following up “Silver Linings Playbook” with another good film.
De Niro is joining La Beouf in true story “Spy’s Kid”, for D.J Caruso – who directed the latter in “Disturbia” and “Eagle Eye”.
The Hollywood Reporter has this :
The movie project is 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.
THR has learned that the rights deals have closed and that Caruso is in negotiations. LaBeouf and De Niro are in talks to attach themselves to the project. The actors’ final involvement will depend on any script that is written.
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, so the project may fall by the wayside yet, but sounds like it could make a decent-enough project – particularly with those two onboard.