While the coronavirus pandemic rages on, many of the films affected by it are beginning to see new release dates. Just last week, Disney announced new dates for “Mulan” and “Black Widow“ with “Artemis Fowl,” heading straight to Disney+. Before that, Paramount slotted “A Quiet Place Part II” in Sept. and “Top Gun: Maverick” in Dec. Almost every studio has gone through some sort of rescheduling, and if a film doesn’t have a release date yet, there’s a good chance it could wind up on streaming or VOD. Such is the case with Dave Bautista‘s March family film.
According to Variety, STX‘s family comedy, “My Spy,” starring Dave Bautista, has found a new home at Amazon Prime. The film, initially slated for release last year, was delayed a few times before being wiped off the calendar altogether. While a streaming date has yet to be announced, Amazon Prime will exclusively stream the movie in the U.S and some foreign markets.
“My Spy” is directed by Peter Segal and follows 9-year-old Sophie (Chloe Coleman of “Big Little Lies“) who catches JJ (Bautista), a macho CIA operative, spying on her family during a routine surveillance operation. Backed into a corner, JJ offers to teach Sophie how to become a spy in exchange for the young girl not blowing his cover. As the unlikely duo “team-up,” Sophie proves to be a promising young agent as her wit and intellect rivals JJ’s. The film screened for a handful of critics before the COVID-19 lockdown and currently sits at a 55% on Rotten Tomatoes.
STX’s decision to sell “My Spy” to Amazon is makes sense. With a budget of $18 million, the film is positioned to perform far better on streaming than it might have in theaters, especially during a time where families are desperate for content to watch together. After Amazon’s recent decision to host an online film festival with SXSW, it appears the tech company is taking bold steps to ensure Prime Video is an appealing destination for consumers looking for entertainment under quarantine.