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), bookshop.org 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.

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

  1. Stu-
    Thank you for writing so many amazing books! Also, can we have your email? Once again, thank you!

  2. Lola –

    I don’t really have time to make videos right now. I’m too busy writing books.

  3. Lola –

    Please look at the right hand column of every single page of this website. You will find the answer there.

  4. Stu

    I have never been an actor, more like an organize the actors and help them person, and I am sorry you have all these emails and questions 10 times over every day. Although I think you do have a typo three paragraphs down under the sub title of ONE MORE THING. I think you tried to write THIS but wrote TIS. Can’t wait until everything gets published, whenever that may be, happy quarantine ( this last part was sarcastic ).

  5. Hi mr.Gibbs, I am so board during the quarantine so I have been reading and I just finished my 36 book and now I am looking for a really good book/series and I was wondering if you could recommend some to me. Oh and I have been reading on an app called Libby and I totally recommend it, it’s the library on an app!
    Thanks for your time,
    Zoe

  6. i love ur books so much! i can’t stop reading them. can u give people a sneak peak of ur next books?

  7. Zoe –

    I have a blog post from a few weeks ago where I recommend lots of great writers and books.

  8. anonymous –

    Sorry. No sneak peeks. All they do is make people more upset that the book isn’t out yet.

  9. Hey Stu, just wanted to tell you that I greatly appreciate your books. While they correctly represent teenagers nowadays, you don’t give focus to phones or other things that a lot of books that are based on our generation focus on. And while there is “romance” in the books, you represent it so well that I feel like I’m rooting for someone to be with another like in movie. You are really talented. Thank you for what you do.

  10. Hello Stu. I really love your books. I can’t wait until Spy School Revolution comes out. I hope that you are staying safe.

    By the way, can someone send me an invite for the Spy School Fan Club on Discord.
    Thank you.
    – Spy School Fan

  11. Hellloooooooo Stu!!!!!! I am a HUGE FAN and I realllly want THE MOVIE TO COME OUT! My friend wants to watch the movie before the book, because she is LaZy. Thanks!

  12. Hi me again! So also I rly want the new book spy school revolution to come out!! As I said I am a HUGE fan!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. Quarantine –

    There is no doubt that the Marvel movies are far better than the DC movies. As for the original comics, I like them equally.

  14. a friendly reminder not to push him to give updates on the movie/book release- writing takes time! 🙂

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