A sequel to ‘My Spy’ is in development. Dave Bautista is set to return as J.J., a CIA agent tasked with surveilling Sophie’s mother in hopes of locating her criminal brother-in-law. Producer Chris Bender revealed the news while speaking to Puck.
Chris revealed he is still making comedies, along with other genres; when I called, he was in South Africa, scouting for a sequel to his 2020 Amazon comedy My Spy, with Dave Bautista. Chris revealed that he had coincidentally just written himself a Jerry Maguire-style memo on this subject, called MUSINGS ABOUT THEATRICAL COMEDY WHILE ON A 10-HOUR FLIGHT. In the memo, which he forwarded to me, he acknowledges all the reasons comedies have disappeared from theaters and shares some ideas on how to save them.
Speaking to Collider, Bautista confirmed that a sequel, My Spy 2, is in development. Bautista said, “Well, I’m definitely going to do the sequel to My Spy. I know that for sure because we start later next month. So I’m off to South Africa to do that, which I’ve been pushing for a very long time because I love the first film. It was so much fun. So we’re gonna do a sequel to that.”
My Spy is directed by Peter Segal, from a screenplay written by Jon and Erich Hoeber. The film follows, “Nine-year-old Sophie catches JJ, a hardened CIA operative, spying on her family during a routine surveillance operation. In exchange for not blowing his cover, JJ begrudgingly agrees to show the precocious girl how to become a spy. What at first seems like an easy task soon turns into a battle of wits as Sophie proves you don’t need much experience to outsmart a seasoned agent.”
The film stars Dave Bautista, Chloe Coleman, Kristen Schaal, Parisa Fitz-Henley, and Ken Jeong. My Spy was released theatrically in January 2020 by STX Entertainment.