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.

666 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.

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