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.

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

  1. Stu-
    Thank you so much for staying committed to writing and posting on your blog during this pandemic. I have already read Tyrannosaurus Wrecks 3 times and I am currently reading your last musketeer series. Your are by far my favorite author!

    I also have a question: What’s your favorite movie?

  2. I love your books! Thank you so much for trying the best you can. We understand that things are complicated during coronavirus. Keep doing the best you can!

  3. Stu-

    Thank you for continuing to write during this hard time! I have a funny story about your publisher! Neal Shusterman came to my school for a visit, and I had read his books, and realized that you shared a publisher, Justin Chanda! When I asked a question about him, he said that he was meeting him for dinner after the visit! I also recommended in my weekly newsletter for the entire Middle School. I wrote that we support independent bookshops, and I LOVE, so thank you for introducing it to me! I hope you are healthy and safe, and that you are safely sheltering in place.


  4. CookiesForever –

    Justin Chanda is a great guy. And so is Neal. I happened to be with Neal at a festival right before the pandemic started. My son is a huge fan of his writing.

    Thanks for recommending!

  5. oh man I hope Spy School is not Disney +. Stu, what company is currently developing it? (I don’t have Disney+)
    PS My new name is BAN

  6. Stu-
    Do you have any books to recommend other than The Westing Game, because I already read it?

  7. Stu-
    I have only seen the first 2 Indiana Jones movies and I love readers of the look ark, I watched some of it the other day

  8. I might try to audition for a character in the spy school movies but i really don’t know yet, also i love your books

  9. Learning ABC –

    It is extremely bad business to not release all versions of a book simultaneously.

  10. BAN –

    It was picked up by Fox, which is now owned by Disney.

    So yes, Disney + is a very likely possibility, seeing as no one has any idea when movies might have theatrical releases again.

  11. FJFanataic –

    I have not joined the discord fan club. I would prefer the fans be able to speak amongst themselves without worrying that I will overhears them. (Metaphorically.)

  12. Mustafa –

    First of all, I never said that SSR will be delayed. I said that hopefully, it won’t be delayed. The same holds true for Charlie 2.

  13. Quarantine –

    I have a recent blog post listing a dozen authors whose books you should read.

  14. Me again –

    The first Jurassic Park was quite good (and, at the time, the special effects were revolutionary). The others have all varied from meh to awful.

  15. Why does it say in Belly Up that Doc’s daughter is Susie but in Lion Down her name is lily?

  16. Stu-
    This is my second movie comment of the day but I have just read both Jurassic Park and Jurassic Park the Lost World this last month and loved them both so that has kind of changed my perspective on the movies, originally I thought the First Jurassic Park was great and still do, I also thought that the second one was pretty good but I don’t think it is as good now because the story in the movie is completely different from the one in the book and the one on the book is like 50 times better so I think that the second Jurassic Park movie is a meh, I also think (and have always thought) that the third one was awful and that Jurassic world was also meh (I have never seen the second Jurassic world though).

  17. You are my favourite author and your spy school series is just…WOW!
    British Invasion was by far my favourite because I have lived in London for eight years and I am only ten, so I feel very connected to Britain.

    I am getting the first book of the Last musketeer trilogy for a birthday present and also did you know that I am a real life musketeers! How cool is that!

    By the way, what age do you recommend for the FunJungle series?
    Thank you so much for being a literary genius!

  18. anonymous –

    Because when you write books eight years apart sometimes you make mistakes.

  19. Bassy –

    I agree with you on all counts. The second Jurassic World movie may be the worst of them all.

  20. Toast 101

    Thanks for your kind words. If you can read Spy School, you can read FunJungle.

  21. Stuart and everyone~

    I would not be surprised if the Spy School movie gets pushed back unfortunately. Because of the pandemic, at least what I heard from a friend who works on a show for Disney+, The Walt Disney Company is loosing funding, like you said, because of the closure of the parks. Once Hollywood finally opens again, the priority will definitely be on shows that were already widely announced that were coming out, or shows that are already out and successful. For example, the new Marvel series on Disney+ will be more of a priority than probably a unknown project because everyone already knows about it and is excited about it. Or they’ll make a 2nd or 3rd season of a successful show before starting production on a brand new show. I would hope that Disney is organized for when this is over, but my guess is that the Spy School movie is not a major priority for Disney at the moment.


  22. Stu-
    Cool, but what am I supposed to do all/half the summer? Also, who recommends Charlie Thorne
    PS. now I am O.J.T.F

  23. Hi Stu
    I’ve emailed you too, I haven’t found a lighter yet, though. I want to ask you Something: Who in the Spy School series is most likely to exist in real life? You’ve made some pretty unbelievable lovable characters.

  24. Nikki Q –

    You are right about all of that, but also, all the streaming services know they are going to need lots of new product, so we will see what happens.

  25. Sophia –

    Ben is supposed to be the most realistic character in Spy School – and thus the most relatable.

  26. Hey Stu, I am making a book about how I lived through COVID-19, especially since I live in NYC, the center of COVID-19. Do you have any suggestions for what I should target in the book?

    Once I finish it I will send the link out so people can read it at the link.

  27. Stu-
    Ah, I get it. I didn’t think that he would be relatable because of his crazy math skills. I normally need my computer, watch, and alarm clock to tell the time.

  28. Stu-
    Can you please tell us exactly when Charlie Thorne 2 is coming out? And if there are going to be even more books after that? Thank you!

  29. Stuff –

    The reason I am not giving you the exact date for the release of CT2 is… I DON’T KNOW IT. No one does. It hasn’t been locked in yet.

    Hopefully, there will be more CT books after that.

    1. Orion (I don’t know why but I like him. A LOT)
    2. Ben Ripley (He’s not the coolest and I was going to put him third, but then I realized his narration of the story kept it going)
    3. Mike Brezeinski (he’s for sure one of the best characters ever)
    4. Alexander Hale (One thing for sure is that he is funny)
    5. Erica Hale (The BEST deuteragonist)
    6. Zoe Zibbell (Yes, I don’t like ZEN. But still)
    7 Murray Hill (Yep, I knew he was the mole. he was sorta okay)
    8 Dane Brummage (Don’t get me started)
    9 Jawa (Smart, he is)
    10 Chip (He had a rocky start, okay)
    11 That random skating dad from book 4 (LOL)
    12 Cathrine Hale (Yeah, started appearing more later)
    13 Warren Reeves (eh……)
    14 Cyrus Hale (I have a reason for this)
    15 Ms E (I had to put her in here)

    -10 Tina Cuevo (Minor alert)
    -9 Nefarious Jones (I liked him, but not that much)
    -8 Jenny Lake (I guess she wasn’t minor, but Murray was cooler)
    -7 David Stern (Minor alert)
    -6 Jemma Stern (She did get Mike into a dilemma)
    -5 Jessica Shang (she was nice and into Ben, and I’m Berica)
    -4 Leo Shang (Man He was eviL)
    -3 Jason Stern (I HATE HIM)
    -2 Paul Lee (That lame arms dealer)
    -1 Joshua Hallal (I thought he was cool, but he was the main antagonist, I think)

  32. BadAtNames –

    Who is Orion? I don’t quite remember him.

    I thought you changed your name to BAN.

  33. Ben Ripley –

    I’m not BadAtNames, but Orion is the guy in SSBI who owned the castle and is really good at coding.

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