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. If a movie for most of the spy school books are made how will you keep the actors looking the same because in your books they only age like 2 years but movies for all of the books would take a lot more years

  2. Tyler –

    I don’t know how we will deal with the actors aging up. There are several things that could be done, but the one that would probably make the most sense is to have the characters in the movies age faster than they do in the books. (i.e. Evil Spy School would take place in the third year of school and not the second.) But that is all stuff that the studio will really decide.

  3. Tyler –

    Yes, I do book signings. Look on the right hand side of every page of this website. There is a list of upcoming events. All upcoming signings are listed there.

  4. Based on your script, do you think that this is going to be rated PG or rated PG-13? I think you can really go more in depth with the characters if it is a PG-13 movie that way the intended audience won’t get lost.

  5. Joey –

    I am guessing the movie will end up PG-13 because the characters end up in life-or-death situations.

  6. What I’m hoping is your going to release ss8 soon because you have a reputation to release your 2 titles only a few days apart

  7. Evan –

    In theory, each book will be its own movie. Because how would it work to cram three stories intoi a single movie?

  8. Lunar 11

    Seeing as a movie can cost up to 150 million dollars, I am not paying for it. That’s why movie studios exist.

  9. Lunar 11 –

    Um… I have never released two titles only a few days apart.

    Once two publishers released different books a few weeks apart, but that was years ago.

    Here is why SS8 isn’t coming out any time soon: I am still writing it.

  10. Stu-
    Hello! First of all I want you to know that you are my favorite author and I like your FunJungle series the best, and I can’t wait for Tyrannosaurus Wrecks to come out. I was wondering: I noticed that in previous comments that you mentioned that the movie for Spy School with probably end up rated PG-13. I understand that there might be a good bit of violence but I was wondering- as you are writing the script- will there be a lot of cussing or inappropriate content, because if there is I might not be allowed to watch it.

  11. -Stu
    I am your biggest fan, and i really want to know when SS8 will come out. Can you please make berica come true? Thats all.

  12. Marcus –

    SS8 out fall 2020. For future reference, all release dates are posted on the right hand side of every single page of this website.

  13. Stu

    Is Erica’s standard black outfit a long sleeve thing or short sleeves and during SSSS did she wear something else for Ben’s medal ceremony thing at the end

    Also I think in SS8 it would be cool to have someone like Tina or Ben’s parents or someone else never really seen or talked about much in one of the books(maybe more)

  14. Hi! I’m so excited for the next Spy School book to come out!! I know whatever you write will be great! Even more excited for the movie!!!!

  15. Annah –

    Erica’s standard black outfit is sleeveless to allow for more mobility, though I assume she has a version with sleeves for colder days.

    She did dress up for the medal ceremony.

  16. Cyrus is in every book but there was nothing about his wife(Alexander’s mom)I wanted to know if she would be in spy school 8

  17. I never understood warren for 3 reasons

    1)in the books it says Warren is a legacy.Who is he related to that made him a legacy?

    2) and he has parents, so what happened to them when they found out he joined the most despicable group ever?

    3)If he did kill Ben, Zoe would find out who killed him and be heartbroken and then they would never be a couple,Zoe would probably try killing Warren.

  18. there is one thing i’m confused about

    there is quite a few scenes that can’t happen because the actors are children.A few examples, dangling out of a helicopter in front of the Eiffel tower and what about the secret passages everywhere(well that’s not because the actors are children)but you get the point

  19. Aiden –

    In movies, they use people called stuntmen to do stunts. Between that and CGI none of what you have mentioned is an issue.

  20. Aiden –

    1) That has still not been revealed.

    2) His parents didn’t know he joined spy school. Why would he let them know he joined SPYDER?

    3) One day you will fall in love and realize that love makes you do exceptionally dumb things.

  21. You should have finished up more romantic ties to Ben in the last book I still feel as though the book series is not finished you left so many ties and questions not to be rude I love your books

  22. Who is taller, Ben or Erica, Because for some reason I keep picturing ben being a head shorter than Erica, but that doesn’t seem right.

  23. Stu

    I love your books especially the spy school series it is some of my favourite books in the world.
    May I ask whether you will ever write a book in another persons perspective such as Erica’s.

  24. @Sara,

    I’m not saying this is actually true, but I also picture Ben being a head shorter than Erica.

    I personally like it but I think it would make more sense if he was just slightly taller, and by that I mean he is just a couple inches taller than being a head shorter.

    Or option 3: His eyes reach her nose. I think I like that idea the best right now…

    Once again, that’s just my own headcanon I guess.

  25. fj ss crossover #bring leo chang back
    p.s in sss alexander says that leos wife is even more mysterious.

  26. I imagine Ben shorter too for now. Erica’s 5’6 but when Ben reaches puberty he will outgrow her.

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