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.

376 thoughts on “Spy School movie update

  1. Is there going to be a book AFTER Spy School British Invasion? If so, what will it be called?

  2. Benjamin

    Seeing as the movie is based on the book and SPYDER is the evil organization in the book, then yes, the movie will have SPYDER as the bad guys.

    Also, yes, there will be a book 8, and no, it will probably not be the last one.

  3. Izak –

    There will be a Spy School 8. It does not have a title yet. If you look on the left hand side of every single page of this website, you will see a box that has upcoming releases in it.

  4. Ben chooses Zoe over Erica right? If you read the end of SSBI it says “I had something much more important to think about. I sat back against the wall of the helicopter, placed my head against Zoe’s shoulder… And fell asleep.”

  5. SpySchool4Ever-

    Stu does not say this; it’s implied though. But still, this does NOT mean that Ben chooses Zoe. (Even if he did, I would refuse to believe it lol)

  6. (reads comments)

  7. Quick question – what color is Zoe’s hair? I always think of it as blond and fluffy and fun.

  8. Tyler –

    I do not have a favorite of my own books in any series. I work too hard on all of them to say that I like one better than the others.

  9. Tyler –

    You mean Robert Ripley from Ripley’s Believe it or Not? No. Ben is not related to him.

  10. Alanna-
    I agree. Although I think Zoe and Mike should become a thing even though (SPOILERS) Zoe just says, Mike is just a friend. But she also says that she won’t stay attached to Ben.(SPOILERS DONE)

  11. Bee, I heavily disagree with you. I think that Ben and Zoe are the best match, as Mike is much more of a free spirit when it comes to relationships, which has been made clear that Zoe would prefer for that to not being the case. It seems as if you’ve only read about halfway through the 6th book, and no spoilers or anything, but by the end of the 7th Ben knows who he should be with. Thoughts?

  12. Callan Farris-
    Zoe was described as blonde?? I don’t recall.
    Anyway there’s several Zen shippers that would appreciate you in our fan server.

    If anyone wants to join, chat about the books, post polls and stuff here’s the link!

  13. If ratings are good for the spy school movie 1 will more movies come out?

  14. Screaming V –

    It has less to do with ratings and more to do with box office. If the movie makes money, they will make more of them.

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