Hi everyone –
Lots of you have written to ask me about the potential Spy School movie. Most of you have one of three questions, which I am going to answer here for everyone to see:
Q: Is the movie going to stick closely to the book?
A: That is my plan. I have written the first draft of the screenplay. So far, it stays close to the book, although since it is a movie and not a book, I have made some changes. They’re not huge, and some might be quite funny, but they were necessary. I’m sure that things will change, though. For one thing, the script is a little too long, which probably means a scene or two will need to be cut – so be aware, there’s a good chance that something you like from the book might not be in the movie.
Q: When will the movie come out?
A: I have no idea. I don’t even know IF it will ever come out. The problem with getting a movie made is that it is very expensive. So a lot of things need to fall into place for the movie to happen. Here’s the progress so far:
I will certainly have to write more drafts of the movie. I am waiting to get notes from the studio. However, Fox is the company that bought the idea — but Fox is currently being purchased by Disney. This is a massive corporate merger and it is slowing the project down.
The best I can say is that, if this movie did get made, the very earliest it could possibly be in theaters is fall 2020. And that is an extreme long shot.
Q: When is it going to cast and can I try out for it?
A: I know, technically, that’s two questions, but I am always asked them together. Anyhow, the simple answer is: I don’t know when it will cast, and the chances are probably very slim that you can try out for it. Sorry. I do not control casting. In fact, I probably won’t have any say over casting at all.
I suppose there is a slight possibility that Fox/Disney might decide to have an open casting call for roles in the movie, in which case maybe anyone who wants to try out can do so, but I wouldn’t bet on it.
If there is an open casting call, I will certainly post about it here.
I know that’s not a ton of news, but it’s all I have. Stay tuned to this site for more developments.
UPDATE JULY 22, 2019
Really, all this update is saying is that I have no new information. But I’m adding it because many of you have been writing to me expressing disbelief that I still don’t have any news to report. Well folks, that’s the way the movie industry works. I wish I had more news. Really. No one wants this movie to get made more than I do. Except maybe my children.