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.

712 thoughts on “Spy School movie update

  1. Remy –

    The movie is set up at Disney and Disney has plenty of money. They don’t need donations to make it.

    Spreading the word on social media would be great though.

  2. Logan –

    If the first movie is a hit, then maybe they will make movies for the other books. But this is all a long shot. If we get to a movie for SSBI, that will be a miracle.

  3. Logan –

    The appearance of Murray — or pretty much any character — in any future book is CLASSIFIED.

  4. Sry guys I was busy but I do have evidence (spoiler alert although u should already have read all the books..just saying).

    1. Cyrus was introduced in SS during an early SYDER attack where Ben was with Erica and he was confused for the enemy by Ben (Coincidence? I THINK NOT)

    2. Cyrus was the agent who chose the pilots for the mission in SS7. FYI the pilots were SPYDER agents. ( i think it was that book)

    3. Zoey and I forgot who else I think it was Ben’s friend ( I can’t remember his name at the moment) were able to sneak onto the plane. If Cyrus knew the plane was gonna be destroyed, why not allow them to tag along? Even better for him they all die and he’s done with their annoyingness

    4.It seems odd to me that Cyrus would have let his guard down around Joshua and his bodyguard and consequently be knocked out.

    5. (I think this was one of my evidence I’m not sure) Cyrus keeps sending kids on dangerous missions without permission or anything. If that is normal then- I don’t even know I’m just speechless

    6. Also Cyrus has mentioned that very few members of the CIA actually are aware of SPYDER and their intentions. If ur so high in the CIA, it’s easy to hide your (or this group) from everyone who could actually destroy it.

    7. (This one is just me) Cyrus is mean and mysterious and quite frankly he’s not in my top ten favorite characters. Even Murray Hill and is on that list.

    And yea guys I get that Ben has thwarted the plans, but for me idc who he’s with I just think he’s evil. That enough evidence for ya? (Btw guys I’m exhausted at the moment and it’s late so sry that my brain couldn’t remember some stuff) also sry this is so long

  5. Matteo and inSPYration-

    Hope u guys see my evidence and get my point


    Thx for asking instead of saying there is no way! It may seem like it was nothing but for some reason it made my day! Or night cuz when I saw it it was 12:30 anyways thx

  6. Mr Gibbs is it a coincidence that Jawa and Joshua have similar names? Because Jawa HALAL O’Shea and Joshua Halal

  7. if tryouts ever happen, please locate them in Houston, also please post it if tryouts are happening, I will gladly try out for murray or warren, maybe ben. it seems like a fun movie to make considering the action in the books. please post something if tryouts are ever gonna happen, plus if you havent started working on the spy school 8 book. name it spy school arctic freeze.

  8. Lucas –

    Since the movie studios are in Los Angeles, there is probably almost no chance that there will be auditions anywhere but Los Angeles.

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