Spy School movie update

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.

783 thoughts on “Spy School movie update

  1. Janetzi –

    Since Zoe has a crush on Ben in the book, then yes, she will have a crush on him in the movie.

  2. Janetzi –

    Book 8 has been written and has nothing to do with escaping from Britain. So… sorry, but that title wouldn’t work.

  3. Stuart-
    That being said, Spy School: British Escape would make a pretty great title for a book.

  4. at least if i dont get the part dont have it be some dorky holywood kid i amagoned all of them with some sort o cool and i always hat when i amagon them some way and thay turn out to look terreble and then i have to forget i ever saw it also pls read this and i hope th movies AMAZING and never ever stop spyschool because so many of you books that i loved where killed and i got suuuuuuuper sad abought that epesualy the one spaced out. if you ever run out of ideas just ask your fans im POSODIVE we know at least a few ideas. stay amzing

  5. only stuart gubbs read this because this is a book idea i have recharched the new nuclear technolagy that scincetists have descoverd and a presedenal canadate wants to use it and this is true but now it turns out this guys is working for spider! and ben riply has to somehow rig the eleton to save the world because turns out this nuclear substance is actualy going to be usesd for the unlemeded bomb! can he save evryone in time? now i know that spider is bacrupt but the crafty way thay are have made a “charaty” and yes the leader is gone but again thay never said thay got all of them now i know this is a long shot that you will even read this but i hope you do because i have wokred realy hard and spent so much time makeing this as true as posseble.

  6. Sam –

    I really can’t take suggestions from readers, as I often develop ideas for books several years ahead of time. Also — and I’m sorry if I sound like a jerk here — please take a little more time to punctuate and spellcheck your comments. It is extremely hard to understand what you are saying in them as they are written right now.

  7. I’d love to audition, but I’m in elementary school and have no experience whatsoever in acting, but my parents, friends, and teachers say I have the talent and potential to do it. I’ve just started spy school, and I love it!

  8. This may be the first of multiple questions in the future, because I am very interested in the idea of a spy school movie. Are you thinking about having it produced to a big production company like 20th Century Fox, or make it a small indie film produced by Indian Paintbrush Production?

  9. is there going to be other books and if there are going to be more books how many more because I just finished the series and I really want to read new spy school books

  10. I googled the last chapter of book 8 and it makes the book 5000% times better than it already was. I think it should be a tv show not a movie. I have heard that there is going to be a 9th book coming out in October.

  11. Jackson –

    Hold on. You Googled the last chapter of book 8???? Because no one has seen book 8. So how could you read it?

  12. Ok so I loveeee your books and I just want to say that I have bought all of them and i really want a show or movie to come out -alex

  13. Hi Mr. Gibbs,
    Thanks for writing the Spy School series. I really enjoyed it!
    i was wondering if Spy School Revolution has anything to do with British Invasion.
    Thanks for your time

  14. Acacia –

    I know absolutely nothing about casting for the movie. I do not know if the movie will even get made. And all the studios are shut down due to the virus for now.

  15. Hi

    I really like the spy school series and I can’t wait until the movie comes out!
    I was wondering , how do you try out for the cast if you want to ?

    Thanks ?

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