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.

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

  1. Hey Stuart, I really love your spy school books. Any way is there going to be more books in the series after spy school revolution plz let me know.

  2. when i finished moon base alpha series i was disappointed but at least i can read fungungle and spy school.

  3. Hi I was wondering when do you think they will start filming/ trying out for the movie. r Thanks a lot for your time!

  4. Hi from Texas –
    I thought i had made this clear in the post, but since Hollywood is shut down NO ONE HAS ANY IDEA WHEN ANY FILMING/CASTING IS GOING TO HAPPEN.

  5. Hello i cant wait to see what you do with all the main characters and all the plot twists you have up your sleeve also i think im onto you abt something that ill keep to myself its abt mike and ben a little secret that has to do with mike and i cant wait to see how ben frees erica from the new evil organization

  6. albert einstein –

    I am only planning FJ7 right now. haven’t even begun to think about FJ8, let alone FJ9.

  7. Stuart Gibbs Fandom, if you could play any character in the Spy School Series, who would it be?

  8. but you said fj 9 will be released on fall 2020 and also how do you plan to write your books when you have so many series do you finish them one at a time or do one one day and another another day. One last question, what book are you working on now? Are you making fj 7

  9. adas –

    No author has appearances anywhere anytime soon due to the virus. Possibly until next year.


  10. albert einstein –

    I said SS9 would be released fall 2020. I work on different drafts at different times. Right now, I am at different points on drafts of SS8, CT2, FJ7 and SS9 while trying to crack the stories for CT3 and SS10.

  11. WalnutCrowd –

    Please read this post again. If we don’t know when or if the movie will shoot, how could I possibly know when the movie will come out?

  12. amd-

    I’m not Stu, but I don’t think he was involved in that movie. But I could be wrong.

  13. Stuart Gibbs-
    The Spy School, Moon Base Alpha, and FunJungle series are all so good! You’re a great author!

  14. amd-

    Definitely not. That is a completely different movie. If it WAS that movie, I m pretty sure they could keep Ben as the main character.

  15. sup

    I have not thought about who would play Ben at all. There is an extremely good chance that the casting directors will find an unknown, so there is little point in me spending time thinking about it.

  16. Hello!!!

    I know that you keep saying that you have no idea when the movie will even start being made but I have to ask do you think the movie might come out in December???( It would be a great Christmas present ) Also about how many drafts does a movie usually have? And witch one are you on??? Thanks a lot for your time!!!
    – Spy School Lover???!
    P.S ( sorry if I ask too many questions.

  17. stu
    I love your books!! u r one of my favorite authors. I will be getting SSR near my birthday and I am so excited! I want to thank u for making every one of your fans days brighter by making new books

  18. SS Lover –

    It takes at least a year to film and edit a movie, so there is no possible way this would come out in December. Movies can have anywhere from three to 40 drafts. I am on #3.

  19. Disney is also in trouble because they decided, “hey, lets not hedge and just assume everything will be fine, who cares if we issue bonds on top of bonds like the govt”

  20. PersonPerson –

    I would love for both those things to happen. Sadly, neither is my decision. My publisher has to decide to make a graphoc novel, while a movie studio would have to decide to produce a movie.

  21. Hey Stu! First off, I want to say that I hope you and your family are staying safe and doing well during COVID. So I have a question: How is the pandemic affecting your life as a writer?

  22. Shaw –

    Fortunately, I have a job that is not affected that badly by COVID. Being a writer is a solitary job where you work from home. So I am able to keep working the same way that I always did.

  23. Hi i am a big fan of yours and love your books so so much.Thank You for taking your time to make these books.

  24. stu
    I was wondering what book is your favorite . I also want to ask all those other fans who is your favorite character .

  25. stu
    i read the first page of comments and i was wondering how u can read and respond to us while u have to wright books.

  26. catgirl –

    I don’t have a favorite book of my own. I work too hard on my own books to have a favorite book — or character.

  27. Matt –

    I thought I had been pretty clear about this in the post about the graphic novel but… Yes.

  28. I feel like the graphic novel is going to affect the movie because of the people and there skin tone.

  29. Mk4kwok –

    The graphic novel will not affect casting in the slightest. Ideally, the movie will cast with the best actors, not people who randomly look like the characters in the graphic novel.

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