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.

465 thoughts on “Spy School movie update

  1. Stu-
    I just wanted to let you know that I really appreciate that you replied and that as soon as school starts I’m gonna tell all of my friends that I talked to my favorite author! Also, I was wondering, who is your favorite author or an author whose books you might recommend? (Sorry, I know this is off topic.

  2. David Gerber –

    I do not have a favorite series of my own. If I liked writing one more than the others, then I would only write that series.

  3. Stu-
    Agreed he is an amazing author (although you are better in my opinion) sadly I have only read his book framed I have so many library books sitting around my house right now I haven’t gotten a chance to look into him, but now that I have your recommendation I totally will! Thanks again!

  4. What will they probably do with the kid that plays Murray to make him look fat
    will they probably cast a fat kid or stuff pillows or something under the kid that plays Murray’s shirt to make him look fat

  5. Hey. I’ve been reading your spy school books for awhile now. I was wondering if there’s gonna be an 8th one. But also i wanted to say that i love your writing. I had my boyfriend read some of your books and it inspired him to start writing again. (He was in a block for sometime) Idk how but after he read some of your books he got inspiration and his creative thought back. Maybe that doesn’t mean anything but to me and him it does. He wants to thank you and so do I. You are an amazimg author and I’m honored to have read your amazing books. (Btw my uncle is a small author. Travis Simmons)

  6. Stu,

    If a movie does come out will it be based off of one specific book from ss or all of then combined??

  7. Tyler –

    Remember, I am the writer, not the special effects guy or the makeup guy or the director or anything like that. So I have no idea how they are going to do anything with Murray or anything else in the film.

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