How COVID is affecting the release of Spy School Revolution and the Spy School movie

Hi everyone –

At this time, there are two questions I have been getting over and over and over again.  So I figured I would post to answer those questions before anyone else asks them.

Can you please release Spy School Revolution early so that I have something new to read during the pandemic?

The simple answer is NO.

Here is the more complicated answer: You have to realize that releasing a book is not easy.  After I write it, there are still many steps.  The book has to be designed, then printed, then shipped to stores.  All of that takes time, and each one of those steps has been adversely affected by the virus.

Plus… to release a book, it helps to have bookstores be open.  Thousands are not right now.

Now, you might be arguing that you could order the books on line, so you don’t need the stores to be open — but it still helps to have stores open, so that people who don’t know about the book can see it and decide to buy it.

Due to these issues, many author friends of mine are having their book releases pushed back, rather than moved forward.  Hopefully, the release of SSR is far enough away that this won’t happen.

Also, if you are still ordering books on Amazon… stop it.  You are hurting the publishing business!  Instead, order your books through either your local independent bookstore (if they are still open), or Barnes & Noble.

Is the Spy School movie going to film after all this is over?

I have no idea.

Hollywood is completely shut down.  I haven’t heard from the executives on the project in weeks.  Disney, which now owns the rights, is having severe financial problems because all its theme parks are shut down.  No one can film anything because there is no way to do that while being socially-distanced.

At some point, Hollywood will need to start making movies again, but no one knows when that will be.  Until that happens, I will have no further updates on the movie.

One more thing:

Not to sound like a jerk here, but please please please stop asking me if I can cast you in the movie.  I know you are all shocked that I won’t have any sway over casting, but here’s the best explanation I can give:

Actors are hired by casting directors.  That is the casting director’s job, and they train for years to do it.  So, if I were to call a casting director and say, “Hey, you should consider this kid for the movie,” that would be like the casting director coming up to me and saying, “Hey, would you mind if I wrote a chapter of your book for you?”  The casting director has their job.  I have mine.  It is not cool for me to try to tell them how to do their job.

Thus, I have no idea if there will be an open casting call or when that would even happen.  My bet is, it is unlikely.  If there is an open casting call, I will post about it on this blog.  So please do not ask me if I can contact you directly at your email to let you know about this.

Again, not to sound like a jerk, but I have a lot to do.  Emailing every one of the thousands of kids (and a lot of parents) who has asked me to contact them directly would take me weeks.  I do not have time to do that.  I have books to write.

That is all for now.  Stay safe.

274 thoughts on “How COVID is affecting the release of Spy School Revolution and the Spy School movie

  1. Is Ben guaranteed to end up with Erica or Zoe, or will he end up with someone else entirely or no one at all?

  2. I am a super fan of anything Stuart Gibbs! I literally CANNOT WAIT until Spy School 9 and Funjugle 7 are released! If I had a painting (and that antique necklace) I would 100% time travel to the future to read those books! I am sorry to hear that you won’t continue the MBA and LM series, but I totally understand that staring out a window out onto the dust-covered moon is not an interesting read. Okay, I would still read it because it’s Stuart Gibbs, but maybe not other people. . . Thank you so, so, so much for being an author. I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t have your books!

  3. Erica Hale –

    If you don’t want to wait until May for a new book of mine, you can always read Charlie Thorne and the Lost City in March.

  4. Hi! I just want you to know that your books are amazing and that I have read each one of them! They kept me up until midnight just flipping pages.

  5. Hello! I’m not great with technology so I have no idea if I was able to post my last comment, but my question is : Do we receive notifications from this blog, and if not is there some way we can get them?

  6. Toni –

    Do you mean, is there a way to get notifications about new blog posts? No, I don’t have that set up.

  7. Do you think you will come out with a spy school movie and will you come out with other movies based off your books?

  8. idk –

    SS10??? I’m still working on 9. Generally, SS books come out in fall of a year. All release dates are posted in the right hand column of every single page of this website.

  9. Stuart my man I love your books and my favorite has got to be spy school literally can’t stop thinking about it when I imagine heaven I imagine me on a chair reading these books. And the relationship stuff has got me pulling my hair out and I usually just roll my eyes whenever there is anything like that but your books are different you are so talented I love your work.

  10. I absolutely love all of your books! Honestly, I started tumbling just because I wanted the skills like Erica… lol. Anyways, thank you SO MUCH! Also, are the facts about the Washington Monument, Statue of Liberty, CIA, Secret Service, GPS coordinates, etc. true? I would assume not, but I just want to make sure. I am reading FunJungle right now and MBA. Thank you so much!

  11. Brooke!

    There are some real facts about those things in my books, but I also made some things up. For example, the Washington Monument was not built as a security watchtower.

  12. Hey Mr.gibbs

    Your books are incredibly awesome, when Spy School Revolution came out, every time a saw a Fed ex, Amazon, UPS, car come down my street i ran to the front door awaiting my surprise. Now normally I would send you a letter, (like i did disney world) but with this whole pandamic going on, i really didn’t want some random person”actdently” coughing on it, and getting you sick. Now you are probably one of my fav authors ever, you have insprided me so much, i’m makin my own Mystery book. And guess what, the main character is named after you, exciting right!!! Anyways i’ve came just to say, thanks, thanks for entertaining me when i’m bored, thanks for making me believe i can do anything, thanks for giving a good laugh, thanks for just… everthing. So plz keep up the good work, thanks, and bye.

    Sincerely, Cecil

  13. Cecil –

    Thanks for the kind words — and for naming a character after me. That’s very flattering.

  14. Thank you so much for these great books! I have re read all them like 10 times and I can’t wait for Spy School at Sea and the movie. I’m sure they are gonna be great. Keep up the great work and pls try your best for the movie! Thank you!

  15. Thank you so much for writing the spy school books. They are the best!! How many books will be in the spy school series??

  16. Lisey –

    I do not know how many books will be in the SS series — but I am glad you are enjoying it!

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