Another Spy School movie update

 

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?

Live action.

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!

 

586 thoughts on “Another Spy School movie update

  1. Hey Stu!
    I just had one more question.
    After Chip became Ben’s friend, there was never anything that mentioned whether or not Chip still bullied kids ( Well, we know he doesn’t bully Ben anymore.). Does he still do that or did he stop?
    Thanks!
    -MH

  2. Murray Hill –

    They revealed themselves to Ben (through you, if you will recall) thinking they could get Ben to switch sides. But Ben didn’t. Which is how they became known. So really, they didn’t decide to make themselves public. Ben did that.

  3. Ryan –

    Yes, I visited all those landmarks — which is part of the way I came up with the plot. Often, I get ideas by visiting places. Then I brainstorm a lot to work out the plots.

  4. Ben Ripley –

    I’m not sure what you mean by ‘interfere’. It doesn’t matter that both movies would have the same name — I don’t think.

  5. Question why does the ice queen give so many smiles to Ben if she’s know well for being cold and you could say it’s cause she’s in love or something but she’s good enough spy to keep her feelings intact

  6. as strange as this may seem:
    I prefer that there wont be a spy school movie.
    i mean seeing someone play Erica who is the most beautiful book character i have ever imagined doesnt feel right,the thing magical about books is the story looks like something special to different people.
    either way I love this series and please continue this series until there are 10000000 books because i have read every single one of them 100 times(exept SSR,i haven’t had the chance to buy it yet.) and enjoy them every time.

  7. beau –

    I do no even have any confirmation that there will be a movie filmed. Therefore, I can’t have a release date. The movie industry is completely shut down.

    Please see my more recent posts about the movie.

  8. Hi! I understand that you have no pull over casting and that you have no idea, but what age should the actress who plays Erica be?

  9. Agent Erica Hale –

    I really have no idea how old the actress playing Erica should be. Sorry. (Probably younger than 85 though.)

  10. Anonymous –

    There are multiple links on this website to sites where you can buy SSR. Go to the Books page. Or the home page. Or call any bookstore in America.

  11. I was wondering if the the movie would be PG or PG-13. I feel if the movie was PG-13. It would really allow the movie to use guns, and really capture the life of Ben. If the movie was PG, it would allow a larger age demographic, which is also great. I know it isn’t really your decision, but since you know the books better than anyone, what do you think it would be, PG or PG-13.

  12. I am really waiting for the next book after spy school revolution. When do you think it may be our

  13. SubtoLegendLock

    All upcoming release information that I have is in the right hand column of every page of this website.

  14. Is “Spy School: Revolution” available on kindle? If it’s on Amazon, I suppose it could be downloaded on a Kindle.

  15. Ghio –

    Authors make a living by selling books, not giving them away. If I gave away books to everyone who asked, then I could not afford to write more books. So, no, I cannot give you a book for free.

  16. Hey , just wanted to say love your books and that my library’s overdrive finally got the ssr audiobook so I’m starting that tonight! I expect it to be awesome because so far, your work has failed to disappoint

  17. Hi Stu,

    I was wondering if you could post or publish “The Boy With The Golden Water Pistol”? It sounds like a fun book.

    I love the Last Musketeer book series, thank you for keeping us interested.

  18. I know that you don’t know anything for certain, but after COVID is done, if Fisney accepted everything, how long round to the nearest year do you think it would take? (Approximately 1 year, 2, 5, 10, etc)

  19. Adelai –

    The movie will tell the same story as the first book. If there is a sequel, it will most likely tell the story in Spy Camp.

  20. Human Person –

    If Fisney said ‘let’s make this movie’ it would probably be 1 1/2 – 2 years until it was released.

  21. What was the real name of the evil organization because it only said what Erica’s family had called them?

  22. Zeven King

    Do you mean the evil organization in SSR? That’s the Croatoan. They refer to themselves as the Croatoan.

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