20th Century Fox acquires Spy School movie rights


When I posted a little while ago that I had some big news coming, this was not the big news I was talking about.

But this is still very good news.

For all of you who have been asking about when one of my book series might be turned into a movie, the first step has taken place.

20th Century Fox, which has done the film versions of books such as Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Night at the Museum and Percy Jackson, has acquired the rights to make Spy School.

Here are some things to know:

  1. I am going to write the screenplay.
  2. The fact that there is a movie deal is by no means any guarantee that there will actually be a movie.
  3. If there is a movie, it could be a long time until that happens.
  4. We might not be casting for years.  So please don’t write asking if you can be in the movie.

You can learn more about the deal here.

PS that other news — about the new series — is still coming.

238 thoughts on “20th Century Fox acquires Spy School movie rights

  1. I think Asher Angel would be perfect as Mike. Also, Timothee Chalamet would make a good Joshua(or Tom Holland but Timothee has greenish eyes so he might look more like what the book describes).

  2. Stu,
    I love the Spy School series! I really hope you make a movie! My friends Rose, Kenzie and I talk about Spy School every day! We all want to be in the movie. I will audition for Erica, Rose will audition for Zoe, and Kenzie will audition for Tina. Do you have any idea when or where auditions will be? We all want to practice as much as possible. Thanks!

  3. Aubrey –

    Auditions will not be for a long time because I haven’t even finished the first draft of the script yet.

  4. Mr. Gibbs-

    Yes, Jon Hamm is hilarious and I saw him in Keeping Up with the Jones as a spy and he was great. (That movie is also a wonderful spy comedy if anyone’s looking for one)

    Just curious: what movie does your kids know Jon Hamm from? I love him and any movie recommendation would be great!

  5. Sophie –

    My kids really only know Jon Hamm from seeing him at a live taping of Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me. He was hilarious.

  6. Mr. Gibbs,

    Your books are AMAZING! I just wanted to say that you are a very good writer! I hope I will be old enough to try to audition for Ben, hope your movie comes out and I know, no matter what happens in that movie. It will be great 🙂

  7. To Mr. Gibbs,

    Hey, you created Ben Ripley so just wondering, what would his voice be like? Squeaky? Firm? Squeaky and firm???

  8. I have nothing to do but look up these websites about you because literally, I have read every single book you’ve made in about 5 months. I’m eight years old, so I have no way to be in the movie 🙁 . BUT still I will go insane trying to support your movie. Maybe I can make posters…. anywho your books are swasesome! That’s right! I reallly hope that movie comes out soon, because I’m going to break my bed shaking at night. Love your books! Very big fan! P.S. is there actually a role I can play?

  9. Mr. Gibbs,

    If you were to think about Ben Ripley, how would you describe him? I would love to know as I reaaaaaaaaaly hope that I can audition for Ben Ripley, and I love your books, every spy school you’ve made I’ve read.

  10. Oh Stuart Gibbs, I am very excited about this little project here. I think in about 4 years, I would be perfect for Ben Ripley. I’m pretty bad at karate, able to use a tennis racket *hopefully!* I’m not muscular and I get Ben Ripleys characteristics, I’m truly gifted in math, I have read spy school like, 10 times. I’m very friendly with others. I can handle having a radio stuck in my ear for hours. Oh and I think I have his type of voice. I’m not bragging either but, Stu, I REALLY WANNA AUDITION!!! PLEASE TELL ME WHERE THE AUDITIONS ARE!!!


  11. Aiden –

    Honestly, the whole point of casting will be to find the best Ben Ripley. We are not going to care about voice as long as the actor is great.

    Also, I do not know when the auditions are. No one does. They have not been planned yet.

  12. Mr. Gibbs—
    I love your books, especially the Spy school series. I can’t wait for Spy School British Invasion to come out. And in book 8, can you mention my name?

  13. Hi Stu, I can’t wait for there to be a movie of the Spy School series! My mom (Julie) says she WILL buy it!! (She and I are reading the 1st Spy School together even though I’ve already read the whole series

  14. Hi Roscoe!

    I know your Mom very well, so I am sure she is telling the truth. Thanks for being such a great fan!

  15. Stu-
    Hi! I’m such a huge fan. You replied back to my friend Aubrey so I wanted to ask you, how did you come up with the idea to make the books into movies? Like Aubrey said in her comment I want to tryout for Zoe, Aubrey Erica, and Kenzie Tina. Also are you going to put in the movie where Alexander blows up the kitchen?
    Thanks So Much!!,

  16. Rose –

    Really, it is the readers who wanted the books to be turned into movies. I have heard from so many people who wanted this to happen.

    I am probably not going to include the scene where Alexander blows up the kitchen, since it is not a huge part of the story, but I’m not sure.


  17. Stu-
    This has nothing to do with the movie but do you still do school visits? If so, do you do any outside of California. I live in Indiana and I would love to meet you. I love the Spy School books!

  18. Rose & Aubrey –

    I do school visits outside of California, but I have been limiting them lately to spend more time with my family.

  19. Dear Stu, how will you keep up with the movies? I know that you said that you will try to get actors of a similar age, but because the characters in your books age slowly, and the actors will age much faster than the studio will be able to produce movies, how will you keep the actors a similar enough age to the characters in the movies? Will you just be able to make movies for the first few books before the actors get too old, or will you switch actors?

  20. Stu-
    I know this would take a long time but would you by any chance be able to write spy school camp script, during spy school is being filmed. Then Evil spy school during spy camp is being filmed. My friend, Aubrey, and I came up with this idea.
    Thanks Rose

  21. Stu-
    I know this would be difficult, but could you film all the movies back-to-back? You could work on writing Spy Camp while you film Spy School, then write Evil Spy School while you film Spy Camp, and so on. Then you can wait to produce the movies, but you already have them all filmed. That way, all of the movies wouldn’t be produced right away, but all of the actors would still be the right age. I know it takes a long time to write movies, but still, it’s an idea.

  22. Stu-
    Did you have anyone inspire you for any of the roles? I know some authors base their characters on people they know in real life, so I wondered if anyone inspired characters like Ben, Erica, Alexander, or the principal.

  23. Agent Hale –

    That is in theory what we would do. But shooting back-to-back is still kind of difficult.

  24. Stu-
    I am so excited about Spy School being made into a movie! I’m sure it will be great! Do you have any idea when auditions will be? I really want to audition! Also, Rose, he should totally include the scene when Alexander blows up the kitchen! It would be super funny!

  25. Stu-
    Are you going to have any say in casting? We know you just want to find the best actors for each role, and not base anything on appearance, but most casting directors want to find someone who looks like each character. We both want to audition for Tina and Erica, but we don’t completely match the description. Also, congratulations on the movie. Your family is probably very excited. Are any of them planning on auditioning? It would be cool to be in a movie that your dad wrote.

  26. Tyler –

    Lareg Marge was not named after the woman in Peewee’s Big Adventure. I didn’t realize there was another Large Marge out there. That happens sometimes.

  27. Erica & Tina –

    I do not know that I will have much say in casting. That said, I am not very locked in to a specific look for any of my characters. (In fact, I’ll bet my readers care more about what characters look like than I do.) So I will argue for the best actress based on skill, not a preconcieved notion of what Erica looks like.

    My children will most likely not try out for roles since they don’t like acting. But perhaps they will make cameos, if possible.

  28. stu-
    since you already started to write the screenplay, about how much longer do you think you need to write the screenplay?

  29. Snowy P –

    I am making good progress on it, but this is only draft one. How fast other drafts get done depends on the studio.

  30. Stu-
    Thank you! We are so excited to audition! We were hoping you would have a say in casting because , like we said earlier, we really want to be Tina and Erica, but , unfortunately, we don’t have very much in common appearance-wise with those characters.
    Erica: Blue Eyes, Age (Not now, but when you cast)
    Tina: Height ( Will be about 2 years younger but is very tall)

  31. stu-

    Im so excited about this. I started reading you’re books in 5th grade and recently I got to. read the first book to my brother he is really exited about this can you give me an approximate time when the movie might come out?

  32. Theo –

    The earliest the movie could possibly come out is probably 18-24 months from now. And it will probably be much longer than that.

  33. i know i left this comment on another post, but i gotta say it again, malina weissman as erica hale.

  34. To Stuart Gibbs

    For one I just want to say how much I love spy school and all of the books I have been reading them for about 4 months now and just got to ski spy school. I think that in about 2 yrs when im thirteen I would be a good fit for warren or Nefarios.

    PS-do you intend on doing a sequel nomatter what or only if the movie is well recieved.

  35. I love your books. I have read them so many times. I hope the movie will work. I can’t wait! Thanks so much!

  36. Stu
    I love spy school!!!!!
    If you make a movie of this it will turn into the next harry potter. Its my favorite book series ever! Do you know when you’ll be sure the movie is coming out

  37. stu,
    I think Dove Cameron or Sabrina Carpenter would make good Erica’s. Also asher angel for Mike

  38. mymy-

    At some point, if they start to film the movie, then I will have an idea when it will come out. But not until then.

  39. stu,

    I know u get this a lot, but i fit Ben Ripley’s character perfectly and I am the perfect age.
    P.S. You’re the best author ever!

  40. could you look similar to the person and still possibly get the part. Also, what would you need to do to audition?

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