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.

685 thoughts on “Spy School movie update

  1. I’M SO EXCITED!!!!

    btw, i get that you’re never making a crossover, or it’s unlikely, but if anyone were to make a crossover book, it would probably be with the kid version of the mba parents. Just an idea

  2. Lucy Weber-
    That was a redundant list of adjectives lol. From recent books, it seems like she does like him, but not as a strong romantic crush (at this time)

  3. If the movie becomes a Disney movie will you have to cut out the gun fights and stuff because I have seen a lot of Disney movies and they aren’t scary or the gunfight kind of company.

  4. I also, have to ask who are the voices Zoe recognized in spy camp, I think it’s Nate Mackey, woodchuck, Proffesor Crandell, and the principal

  5. Thank you so much for responding to me. It means a lot to me. I am a huge fan. Good luck writing all your books.

  6. I read all the books in a week so when they cast for the movie I NEED TO KNOW. I’m just a little interested.

  7. Annah –

    I have never thought about how tall Erica is. I’m guessing she is average for a 15 year old girl, whatever that may be.

  8. Ben Ripley –

    You’re asking about SS9 already??? I’m still working on SS8. My best guess is fall 2021.

  9. Harry –

    MBA already has three books. Are you asking if there is going to be a fourth? There is not. I have an older post explaining why.

  10. Will the books that come out in 2021 be SS9 and Charlie Thorne 2?
    Have you ever seen Spaceballs? I think Rick Moranis or Bill Pullman might be good as Cyrus as well (John Candy would be good as Cyrus if he was still alive)

  11. Tyler –

    Yes, Charlie Thorne 2 and SS9 in 2021.

    I have seen Spaceballs. Rick Moranis and Bill Pullman would be radically different Cyrus Hales. But they’re both very funny.

  12. I was wondering which nationality the characters originate from. When I learned Ben spoke French before going to spy school I got curious

  13. Hey Stu
    If you decide to do a crossover, can you not put mba together with the other two? It’s a lot more sci-fi than fj or ss

  14. what other Chevy Chase movies have you seen? Have you seen the Vacation movies, Funny Farm. Three Amigos, Caddyshack, Fletch or Fletch lives/

  15. Stu

    Do people like Zoe and Mike and Jawa and any other of the S.S students know that Alexander is a fraud? Or do they still believe he is a great spy? I know that hey think he is great in the first few books but like S.S.G.S AND S.S.B.I is what I’m asking

  16. Ky

    Oh wait. You’re asking what countries they emigrated from. I honestly haven’t ever thought about it.

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