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.

762 thoughts on “Spy School movie update

  1. after you make the Spy School movie, will you make more movie for the other books such as, Spy Camp, Evil spy school, and some of the other’s.

    P.S. Will it be live action?

  2. I am making my own spy school book and if you want to read it. sign up for google docs and I will share it to you.

  3. judah –

    To be honest, I have at least one person send me a book to read a day, and I can’t possibly read them all. I’m sorry.

  4. Tyler –

    Last year was an unusual year in that I had three books come out in one year. I can’t keep that pace going, so I am returning to doing only two books a year. SSGS and SSBI were seven months apart due to the faster publishing schedule.

  5. I have a question on something specific over the Spy School books.
    At first it describes Zoe with green eyes in the first book but then in Spy School Secret Service it describes Zoes eyes as brown.
    I’m just curious as to what colour Zoes eyes are actually.
    Thank you!

  6. Hi Stuart Gibbs! I am very excited about the Spy School movie. When the auditions come out, if you have time (which you probably won’t, sadly) please email me for I am thinking about auditioning for Erica Hale or Ashley Sparks. Any questions, please please email me. Thanks! (I am SOOOOOOOOOOOO excited!)

  7. Jess –

    I cannot possibly email everyone who wants to try out for a role in the movie. If there are open auditions, I will write a blog post about it.

  8. TJ –

    I am really confused by what you are asking for here. Please try to explain yourself in a bit more detail.

  9. Lucas –

    You can always find the book launch dates by looking at the right hand column of every single page of this website.

  10. LJ –

    I am ony going to publish one spy school series. If you are asking how many Spy School BOOKS I will publish… I don’t know.

  11. Dear Mr. Gibbs I love your books. I am wondering if you could start a new series. My brother and I love your books and long for new ones.

  12. Ford –

    I JUST started a new series in September. Charlier Thorne and the Last Equation. How many new series do you expect me to create????

  13. Sir if I wanted to mail you a letter I need to know your address. On your blog in how do I write a letter to you it doesn’t say your address. So what is your address?

  14. Ford –

    I do not have a favorite series of my own. I like them all equally.

    And you can find my address for writing on my FAQ page. You just have to read the ENTIRE FAQ page to find it. Especially the part about including an Self Addressed, stamped envelope.

  15. I was hoping you could perhaps make another book by far your books have been my favorites.

    Message above from my 9 year old son, Brennan, who just read the whole Spy School series in 2 weeks, as well as the first Charlie Thorne 🙂 He is a huge fan! Thanks for writing these great books!

  16. wyatt –

    I’m not quite sure what you mean by this question. Ideally, we are hoping to make the movie as soon as possible. No one is thinking about making it later. I suppose the latest we could make it would be about 4.5 billion years from now, shortly before the sun explodes.

  17. Hi,
    I am so excited to here about the Spy School movie even if it doesn’t come out for a long time. I love you books just as much as I love the Harry Potter books. (that’s a lot) I have every single Spy School book, Fun Jungle book and MBA book.
    A Fan

  18. Stuart will there be another book after book 8, British Invasion???? Its the only series that I personally like.
    P.S I’m happy Alexander knows how to do something. I always thought It would be like throwing a football, but flying a Russian Yukutsk 260!!!!!

  19. I know you hate these questions but do you have any more news on the movie or are you ready to release any info on SS8? I really like your style of writing

  20. Ryan –

    When I have news to share about the movie, I will share it. When I am ready to release info on SS8, I will release it. Trust me, I’m not withholding information from everyone for fun.

  21. * comments again 5 months later XD*

    Anyway does anyone think that CYRUS AND MAYBE ERICA ARE WORKING WITH SPYDER!!!! I mean I have a lot of evidence so I’m open for discussion.

  22. Which book will the movie be about? And ‘Serbiana U, I highly doubt Cyrus and Erica are working for SPYDER, they have thwarted them so many times

  23. What evidence could you possibly have?? SPYDER has tried to kill Cyrus and Erica countless times. They are enemies, period.

  24. Hi Mr Gibbs! I would like to help out any way I can. I know that you are a very busy man, so I will make this quick. Here are some possible ways that we can all help out for the movie. There could be a donation website for you and your movies. (If yes, then let me know, and I would work on that.) I could spread the idea of the movie on social media. (Not just for help making the movie, but also if the movie ever comes out, allot of people would watch it!) Please respond to this, for any other ideas, or to tell me that I should work on one of them.
    PS. I’m not asking for a shoutout or anything, but if I get one, thanks!

  25. So I love the spy school series and read them all but are you going to make a number 8 and if you are, when and also are you going to make a movie for all the series of the books like spy camp, evil spy school, ski spy school, spy school secret service, spy school goes south, and the latest one yet, spy school British Invasion I am your #1 fan ever.

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