UPDATE: SINCE THIS POST WAS WRITTEN, HOLLYWOOD HAS BEEN SHUT DOWN BY THE COVID-19 VIRUS. THEREFORE, NO PROGRESS IS BEING MADE ON FILMING ANY MOVIES AT ALL. THUS, THERE HAS BEEN NO FORWARD MOVEMENT ON THE SPY SCHOOL MOVIE — OR ANY MOVIE — SINCE MARCH.
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?
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!