'My Spy' will see a 'sensitive and comedic' side of Dave Bautista, promises director Peter Segal
For both ‘Second Act’ and ‘My Spy,’ Segal is grateful for STX, for he recognizes that not all directors will have the privilege that he has.
Peter Segal, the man who steered Jennifer Lopez’s comeback project ‘Second Act,’ has moved on to a helm a movie, in the completely different genre of action comedy for STX Entertainment. The movie, 'My Spy,' set for release in 2019, stars ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ star Dave Bautista.
STX, who were through the roof happy with the test results from ‘Second Act,’ “exposed” Segal to the movie, which he was excited to work on. He says, “Most people know [Bautista] as Drax from 'GOTG' and what I love about the opportunity to work with him in a movie is he is a newer, fresher star on the rise and I don't think anyone has seen yet the kinds of different gears he has as an actor.”
“He really is a tremendously talented actor and so this movie will tap into kind of personality that people haven't seen yet,” says Segal, adding, that beyond the "action and tough side of Dave” the story of ‘My Spy’ will show the "very sensitive and comedic side to him, and I think that is exciting, to show the world what he can do.”
While Segal’s ‘Second Act,’ was inspired by Mike Nicholls’ 'Working Girl,’ which he says is one of his favorites, he credits 'The Professional,' Luc Besson's movie with Natalie Portman and Jean Reno, for ‘My Spy.’
People may not remember ‘Working Girl,’ says Segal, but it “was nominated for several Academy Awards,” and though ‘My Spy’ has a lighter touch than ‘The Professional', the feel of it, of “a young girl befriending an older assassin was an interesting contrast and I felt very rich with emotional possibilities and that is what attracted me to this story."
For both ‘Second Act’ and ‘My Spy,’ Segal is grateful for STX, for he recognizes that not all directors will have the privilege that he has. “Unfortunately, in this business it's very hard these days to get greenlights and it has been a while since I've gone back-to-back like I'm doing now going from 'Second Act' to 'My Spy' but it's a welcome change of pace from being developmental.”
He also reveals that the struggle to find the type of studios that will greenlight the kind of stories that he has gotten to do is real as well. “A lot of directors are in the same place that I am in, experiencing the difficulty in finding the studios that will greenlight the kind of stories I am sharing with 'Second Act' and 'My Spy.' I've been very fortunate to strike a relationship with STX because it's a rare studio.”
We don’t know what studios are saying no to Bautista doing a comedic project, but we certainly are looking forward to it, just as much as we were looking forward to JLo’s return to rom-com. Although a date hasn't been set for 'My Spy,' Baustista is joined by talented actors such as Ken Jeong, Parisa Fitz-Henley, Chloe Coleman, and Kristen Schaal on the project.