Another Spy School movie update



Hello everyone!  Here is a very small holiday present for you…  An update on the Spy School movie.

As you may recall, when I last updated you, back in March, Fox, the studio that had bought Spy School, had been acquired by Disney.  This created what we refer to in the movie business as a ‘mess.’  The merger of two enormous media companies takes a long time to sort out.

But that finally happened, more or less.  And from somewhere on high, Disney said we could proceed with developing Spy School.

So I am now at work on a rewrite of the first draft.  This does not mean that the movie is going to get made.  It only means that we are moving forward.  Which is better than Fox/Disney (or ‘Fisney’) deciding to dump the project.

I will post some answers to the questions I am getting asked the most.  Avid readers may notice that I may have answered some of these before.  But I keep getting asked them.  Over and over and over.  So here we go:

Which book is the movie based on?

The first one in the series.  Spy School.

Will there be sequels based on the other books?

Ideally, but that depends on how the first movie does.  There is a slight chance that, if Fisney loves the script, they will decide to move ahead with a sequel before the first movie comes out, but I wouldn’t count on that.

Is the movie going to be live action or animated?

Live action.

Can I be in it?

I really don’t know.  I will probably have no say in casting at all.  There are people who handle casting for a living.  They are called casting directors.  They don’t ask me if they can help write my movies — and therefore, they are not pleased if I show up and say that I want to help cast the movie.  I don’t know if they will have open auditions for the roles.  My bet is that they won’t.  But if they do, all I can do is write a blog post with details.  So please please please please please do not write to me and ask if you can be in the movie.

When will the movie come out?

I don’t know that either.  The absolute earliest would be in a year, and I highly doubt that would happen.  So don’t count on it any time soon.

Is it going to be released in theaters — or could it show up on Disney Plus?

Personally, I would love for it to be released theatrically — so that’s what we are shooting for.  But the fact is, Disney needs a lot of content for Disney Plus, so that remains an option.  (Also, if it was made for Disney Plus, there is a chance that sequels could be started earlier.)

What is your favorite color?

Why are you even asking that?  This is a blog about Spy School, the movie.

Because I’m just interested.  Is there something wrong with that?

I suppose not.  My favorite color is blue.

Thanks.  You’re amazing.

So are you.  Happy holidays!


627 thoughts on “Another Spy School movie update

  1. I was wondering about how the croatoan how nora taco was in the name but it never told us if she really was crotoan or not

  2. Adelai –

    I do not know how many SS books there will be.

    However, the book coming out in 2021 is not called SS The Breakout. That sounds like maybe someone wrote some fanfiction.

    There will probably be a tenth SS after SS9.

  3. Hello Mr. Gibbs! In Spy School Goes South, since it takes place in Mexico, have you ever been to the hotel there? Thank you!

  4. Dear Mr.Gibbs,
    I am slightly confused, I was reading a comment and you said the movie would be PG and not have guns, but your books have guns in them because ben literally goes to a spy school. and in a ton of the important scenes, they use guns. If they did not use guns, what would they use instead? I know you may not know the answer, but I would appreciate an educated guess from you.

  5. Real Benjamin –

    There is a difference between describing guns in text and showing guns in a movie. A movie showing guns — especially with the kids getting shot at — moves into the PG-13 or R area, which skews older than we would like.

    So the trick is to not ever have the kids holding guns (although paintball guns are fine) and to not show the bad guys with guns, if possible. Really, it has more to do with directing and editing. Look at National Treasure, where the heroes never have guns (although sometimes the bad guys do).

  6. Sarah –

    I have given no thought at all to who would play the characters as it will not be my decision.

    I discuss this more in some of the other posts about the movie.

  7. Hi,
    Wondering about the movie, would the movie be exactly like the book with the exact events or would it have different events. I personally would like to have the movie exactly like it was in the the first book, even if that means including guns and making the movie PG-13. Star Wars has guns and is rated PG-13 and yet lots of kids still watch the movie even though they are under the age of 13. I think that the movie would appeal to older kids more if it includes guns and you guys don’t change the plot from the first book , just to make it rated PG.


  8. Reader –

    The idea is for the movie to be as close to the book as possible.

    Star Wars does not have guns. It has lightsabers and photon blasters, which Hollywood considers different than guns. I could have all the photon blasters i wanted in this movie.

  9. Hi,
    Thanks for the clarification on how you guys would make the plot of the movie. I would like to see guns and other weapons in the movie to make it seem as close as possible to the book


  10. I am proud to announce that i have every spy school book(so far), every Space Case book(again, so far), and am working on getting my hands on the funjungle series.

    And believe it or not I know somebody named Murray Hill.

  11. Hi
    I would like to know more about Trixi Hale.
    Does she get recruited to SS?
    Also what happened to Ben at the end of SSR

  12. I know chances of stu reading is very low.
    But I wanted to suggest you write a crossover series of Charlie Thorne and Spy School.
    Because Both novels involve CIA and I really think Ben and Charlie could make a great team.
    (I’m sorry if there are any mistakes above)

  13. Mr Gibbs

    Have you ever heard of zac power because it would be real nice if you made a book of zac power and spy school together.

  14. Roger Haber –

    It is EXTREMELY hard to do a crossover with another author’s series. So don’t count on that happening. Sorry.

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