Spy School movie update

Hi everyone –

Lots of you have written to ask me about the potential Spy School movie.  Most of you have one of three questions, which I am going to answer here for everyone to see:

Q: Is the movie going to stick closely to the book?

A: That is my plan.  I have written the first draft of the screenplay.  So far, it stays close to the book, although since it is a movie and not a book, I have made some changes.  They’re not huge, and some might be quite funny, but they were necessary.  I’m sure that things will change, though.  For one thing, the script is a little too long, which probably means a scene or two will need to be cut – so be aware, there’s a good chance that something you like from the book might not be in the movie.

Q: When will the movie come out?

A: I have no idea.  I don’t even know IF it will ever come out.  The problem with getting a movie made is that it is very expensive.  So a lot of things need to fall into place for the movie to happen.  Here’s the progress so far:

I will certainly have to write more drafts of the movie.  I am waiting to get notes from the studio.  However, Fox is the company that bought the idea — but Fox is currently being purchased by Disney.  This is a massive corporate merger and it is slowing the project down.

The best I can say is that, if this movie did get made, the very earliest it could possibly be in theaters is fall 2020.  And that is an extreme long shot.

Q: When is it going to cast and can I try out for it?

A: I know, technically, that’s two questions, but I am always asked them together.  Anyhow, the simple answer is: I don’t know when it will cast, and the chances are probably very slim that you can try out for it.  Sorry.  I do not control casting.  In fact, I probably won’t have any say over casting at all.

I suppose there is a slight possibility that Fox/Disney might decide to have an open casting call for roles in the movie, in which case maybe anyone who wants to try out can do so, but I wouldn’t bet on it.

If there is an open casting call, I will certainly post about it here.


I know that’s not a ton of news, but it’s all I have.  Stay tuned to this site for more developments.

UPDATE JULY 22, 2019

Really, all this update is saying is that I have no new information.  But I’m adding it because many of you have been writing to me expressing disbelief that I still don’t have any news to report.  Well folks, that’s the way the movie industry works.  I wish I had more news.  Really. No one wants this movie to get made more than I do.  Except maybe my children.

847 thoughts on “Spy School movie update

  1. When I write sometimes I have a lot of trouble finding a good name for a character. How do you think of names for your characters?

  2. Laura –

    I collect names that I like when I hear them and then use them when I find the right character.

  3. I dont like movie :[ spy school book is better :[ our imagination of charakter it wil be ruinee ;[

  4. Lora spy guy –

    In theory the Spy School movie would be good for the age of the kids who read the books.

  5. Do you make films for all ss books? In which company? Will it be sent to other countries? (With dubbing and subtitles)

  6. ..

    The idea is to start with the first book and see how that works. At Disney. And yes, theoretically the films will be shown in other countries.

  7. Dear Mr. Stuart Gibbs
    I have read almost everyone of your books and I was wandering after this coronavirus is over if you are still planning on making the movie and have a casting call can you contact me because I would fit the role. Also love your books keep up the good work!!

  8. Jude Gunter –

    I have no idea what is going to happen with the movie due to the virus. If there is a casting call, I will post about it on my website, rather than directly contacting each of the 12 million kids who have asked me to do that.

  9. I probably can’t try out, but I think I would be perfect for Zoe if I could try out. Like, if there is anything on open casting, someone PLEASE contact me. I am an aspiring actress and would love the part ?

  10. I know this is a long shot but with the whole corona virus going on could you expedite your book publishing and move it to relatively soon. The book sales will be much higher because people are looking for things to read in quarantine. And it would certainly put a smile on millions of children’s faces. Another thing I love your books and Its been great for me to read the series over again during quarantine. Keep doing what your doing!!!

  11. Just wondering –

    Ben and Erica’s graduation is quite far away, so the series will probably end before that.

  12. Stu-
    I loveee your series spy school!!! My favorite is Erica she is so cool! When is the movie going to come out?

  13. Julianna Lerner –

    I have a recent post about how COVID is affecting the movie. Please read it.

  14. Dear Stuart Gibbs,
    I am a ten year old boy who just started reading the ss series for the 3 time. I know you have written a fair amount of book and I was wondering if you like one book/book series more than another. Stay safe and keep writing!

  15. Murray Hill –

    I do not like one book or series more than any other. I work too hard on all my books and series to say that I like one more than the other.

  16. dear Stuart Gibbs,
    Understood. Do you have even the faintest idea of how many ss books are going to be in the series? I hope that there will be more than 10! I know it’s kind of a long shot but i think a lot of people would enjoy it. The fun and suspense in your books are infectious.
    stay safe and keep writing!

  17. Dear Mr. Gibbs-

    Do you have any idea if you are going to make all of the Spy School movies (for all of the books), because I really think that I would be a good fit for Jessica Shang (Ski Spy School). Thanks! (P.S, I really love your books, and can’t wait until Spy School Revolution comes out! Also if it is possible, can you send me like a preview of the book?)


  18. A –

    Ideally, if the first SS movie does well, they will make sequels. But keep in mind that, by the time they make the first movie (if that even happens) and then get all the way to Spy Ski School, that could be 5-10 years from now.

    Also, I can’t send fans previews of the books.

  19. Dear Stuart Gibbs,
    I love these books and have read all of your books and I have read the spy school series three times I really am looking forward to the 9th book and the movie thank you for making such great books.

  20. Best book ever –

    Honestly, I am not at a place where i can share what changes have been made, because I have no idea if we are sticking with the current script.

  21. I feel bad for you Mr. Gibbs, everyone is asking if they can be in your movie. If you do make a movie I recommend making it very similar to the book, because a lot of movies based off of books turn out to be.. well. Crap. Good luck.

  22. Hello! I am a big fan of the spy school series and I
    Would really enjoy if you made a One thing I ask of you is that you make the characters look like how they are described in the book. If the movie is a success please continue to make more of The series. Thank you

  23. Ella –

    It is next to impossible to have the actors in the movie look like the characters in the book. First of all, I really don’t describe the characters much because I want you to imagine them. As you may have noticed, Ben never describes himself. So therefore, the image you have of Ben is probably not going to match whoever we cast.

    Secondly, I would hope that the casting director casts the best actors and actresses for the roles, regardless of what they look like.

  24. i read the questions and u said there was no crossovers. so was the dash and violet thing in space case and spy school intentional

  25. dan –

    The Dash and Violet who appear in each series are not the same Dash and Violet. MBA takes place in 2041. Spy School takes place now. So how could they be the same kids?

  26. ben –

    No. I feel like a preview doesn’t do anyone any good. You get to read a chapter — and then have to wait for another few weeks to read the rest of the book. It’s much more fun to just wait and read the whole thing when it comes out.

    (Although if you really really really want one, I think there is a preview chapter in the back of SSBI paperback.)

  27. Hi Mr. Gibbs,

    Thank you for producing Spy School books, they always put me in a good mood.
    I check this website regularly and the questions I have are all answered.

    Thank you again!

  28. Dear, Mr. Gibbs

    I love your books and can not wait for the new book. I know this is asking a lot but I would love to be Ben in the movie. How old do you think Ben is going to be in the end of the series?

  29. Tyler –

    I will have no say in casting of the movie.

    I do not know how old Ben will be at the end of the series because i do not know when the series will end.

  30. Abe –

    Look on the right hand column of every single page of this website for the answer to your question.

  31. Thank you Mr. Gibbs for writing these awesome books. I just finished SSR (because I was in the car for four hours). I can’t wait for the 9th one next year. Now I have to give this book to my other friends who are fans of SS. Thanks again!!!

  32. I think Spy School movie would be a great idea! Here is an actor suggestion for Alexander Hale:Brian Patrick Wade and here is who should play Cyrus:Powers Boothe. Just a suggestion. And please make more than 9 SS books.

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