Answers to all your questions about the Spy School Movie

Hi everyone –

I have been getting a LOT of mail lately from people wanting to know if there are any updates on the Spy School Movie.  And i realize that a lot of the posts about the movie are quite old — because this process has been going on for a very long time.  So some of the questions I’m including are the same ones I answered before, but maybe this post will become a one-stop point for learning about the movie.

Can you please give me an update on what is going on with the movie?

Sadly, there are none.  I turned my last draft into the studio on January 31, 2020.  As of this date, that was 10 1/2 months ago.  I have not heard a things from Disney since.  Part of this is due to COVID.  Few companies have been hurt as badly by the pandemic as Disney.  But still, this is an insanely long time to wait for an answer.  I know you are frustrated that things are stalled, but trust me, no one is as frustrated by this as I am.  In addition, my agents are frustrated and angry too.  I wish I had a better update for you, but I don’t.

So does this mean the movie isn’t getting made?

I really don’t know.  I suppose there is still a chance that Disney might make it.  And if they say no, then I can take it to another studio to see if they will make it.  But for right now, all I can do is wait to see what Disney has to say.

Is the movie going to stick closely to the book?

That is my plan.  I have written three drafts 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.

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 Disney 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.

Are you going to do just one book for each movie, or combined books into one movie?

The idea is to do one book per movie.

If the movie does get made, when is the absolute earliest that the movie come out?

If the movie was given the go-ahead tomorrow, it probably couldn’t start shooting for several months, and then that would take a few months, and then it would have to be edited and scored and such so… the very earliest would probably be 18 months from now — and that’s a best case scenario.  Don’t expect anything until 2022, if not later.

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.)

Are the characters going to look the same as I imagine them?

Probably not.  Because I have no control over how you imagine the characters.  You may have noticed that I don’t describe the characters in much detail in my books.  I leave a lot to your imagination.  Personally, I hope that the casting director selects the best possible actors for the roles and doesn’t get hung up on looks.  (You might have noticed that I never describe the ethnicity of many characters, including Ben, so personally, I’m open to most of them being any ethnicity.)  Anyhow, the chance of an actor or actress looking exactly like the way you imagine the character is virtually nonexistent.  So don’t get upset if the actors don’t look exactly as you’d hoped.

But you’re going to release a graphic novel in 2022.  After that, won’t we know what the characters look like?

No.  You will know that Anjan, the artist of the graphic novel, thinks the characters look like.  But that doesn’t mean that is what the characters have to look like.

If the movie does film, can I be in it?  I’m really good at acting.  Maybe you could tell the casting director about me?

Honestly, I won’t have any say in casting at all.  I know that might sound wrong to you, 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.

Could you write to me personally and let me know if there is open casting?

Er…No.  I get asked this a lot and, 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.

All right.  That’s the info I have right now.  Again, I really, really wish I had more of an update.  Hopefully, I will have more news soon.

In the mean time, stay safe, have a happy holiday, and keep on reading.

43 thoughts on “Answers to all your questions about the Spy School Movie


    I am still trying to get the movie made. The writers guild just ended its strike against the studios and we still need the studios to settle with the actors, so Hollywood hasn’t been doing much of anything for the past few months.

  2. Hi Stuart, you are the best author ever! I have two quick questions for you.
    1. How long did it take you to come up with the idea for spy school?
    2. What made you come up with it?

  3. Hi mr Gibbs
    I just really wanna know whats going on with the movies cause I can’t wait to see the film of my favourite books
    So. What’s going on with the movies?

  4. Hey
    I am a really big fan of you and I was wondering if the movie is being made since everything is out dating. THX. 😉

  5. Sam B –

    If the movie was getting made, I promise you, I would have posted about it.

    Right now, the actors are on strike — so no movies can get made until that is settled.

  6. Hello
    I got some Ideas for the titles of the next book
    Spy school In the sky,
    Spy school up high
    And Pilot Spy school

    If you use any of these tiles please please put my name in acknowledgments/ credits

    – Benjamin

  7. Benjamin –

    Sadly, I do not think of the title first and then develop a book based on that. Instead, I do completely the opposite: I write the book and come up with the title LAST. So while I appreciate your enthusiasm, I cannot create a book based upon your titles.

  8. Onestly I’d like the movies before 2035 (at least spy school at sea) Though I’m fine with Stuart Gibbs scedule. PS my favorite character is Ben Ripley we have a lot in common.

  9. Thanks so much for personally replying to each and every one of your fans! I’m sure it must be super boring to answer questions that will just get asked again, but you do it anyway. Also, I bet you want to take time off from being “Mr. Famousness” all the time. I just really admire that. Thanks!

  10. I hate to be redundant but is the time on the post in California time? (If so it would make sense why the time of one of my posts said 9:30pm even though it was 12:30 ET)

    I have not read ssgn yet, but everybody is commenting on the Zoe/? Lgbtq+ ship I personally am not a big fan of LGBTQ+ , but I completely understand that it is what some people want. I am just sad that so many people have something bad to say about it. It really isn’t fair.

  11. Dear, Stuart Gibbs

    I love all your book series’s so much. If I had to chose one favorite character, I would chose Catherine Hale. Was Catherine inspired from any one? Also, who is your favorite character from all your books?

    – Person who deeply dislikes Murray

  12. IdeeplydislikeMurray –

    Catherine was not really inspired by anyone. I made her up.

    Since I have so many characters that I have created, it is really impossible for me to say that I like one more (or less) than all of the others.

  13. Mr Stuart Gibs, as a big fan of the Spy School series, It would be my dream to be mentioned as a random spy school student, just like in the first book, where Ben tries to remember some of the first years names. So could you put the name Armin in there just fulfill my wish? I would really appreciate it.

    Also, do you have any plans to write what happened after Dashiel left MBA. Like everything with him on the space ship to before mind teleporting to Bosco?

    Just wondering.

    Also do you have any other book series’s in mind to write?

    Here are some of my ideas:
    A psychic just like Saki k from the disastrous life of saki k, and his struggles to try to be a normal kid.
    An action packed story about a kid who left his family to get gold in the 1949 Californian gold rush
    And last but not least, a funny interpretation of your childhood (you can add stuff that never happened to make it more exciting )

    If you are going to use any of these ideas please credit me.


    YOUR BIGGEST FAN!!!?????

  14. Armin/Malevolent

    If you look at my FAQ page, you will see some information pertaining to writing people’s names into my books.

    If you look at my blog, you will see why I ended the MBA series.

    And I do have other ideas for series, so I can’t really accept other people’s ideas. Those are YOUR ideas, so you ought to write those stories.

  15. Hello, I am Noah and I am 7. I really love your books. And I want to read every single one of them. I hope Disney can make your movie. I have read the entire Spy School series, the Moon Base Alpha series and I am reading Belly Up. My two sisters also really love them. Good Luck!!!

  16. hii!
    Big fan, but quick question, when will the preview for your 12th book come out?

    I’ve been rereading the spy school series as I wait for a sneak peek of the 12th book lol

  17. Ella –

    I am not sure when the preview for SS12 will come out. Not for another few weeks I suppose.

  18. stuartgibbsisthebest

    I would be happy to come to Hawaii if invited for an event there. That hasn’t happened yet.

  19. Love your books –

    I have to be invited to visit someplace before I can agree to visit it — and no school or bookstore in Bowling Green (or anywhere in KY, actually) has ever invited me.

  20. I want to tell you something very serious. Can you take the 12th volume of Spy School out of the childish mode and try harder to make the story more serious and logical? Because the story is turning into a childish, illogical and funny story. I am one of your fans, especially the spy school book. So please don’t be upset with me.

  21. ELIA –

    The Spy School books are not changing. You are. You are getting older. I am continuing to write the books for younger readers, because I am not JK Rowling with a billion fans who are all growing up with the book series. If I age the series up, then younger readers cannot continue to enjoy it.

  22. Dear Mr. Gibbs,

    I am one of your biggest fans, and I have read all of your books. I know you need to be invited to come to Frisco, TX, but if you could answer, I would be very grateful.

    Your’s Truly,
    James Devinson

  23. James Devinson –

    On April 27, I will be at the North Texas teen Book festival, which is not terribly far from Frisco. It is an entire day of fun events with readers and 75 different authors and it’s free. This will be the tenth anniversary and it’s always been a fantastic event.

  24. Hello
    Do you know if the movie will be made by 2030?
    And you should definitely try to make a funjungle movie


    I hope the movie is made by 2030. But I really can’t control how or when or even if it gets made.

    Same goes for a FJ movie.

  26. So I was reading the F&Q page and saw that you were inspired to write spy school because of “The Kid With The Golden Water Pistol.” The story you wrote about James Bonds’s son. Would you by any chance want to share that story?

  27. David –

    At this time, I do not plan on sharing stories that I wrote when I was very young.

  28. I really want to see the spy school movie come out. Also, how many books are you gonna make like you already made like 12. Anything more than 20 is wild but I hope you keep on making them because I love them. Just yesterday I read like 226 pages, on a school day, and didn’t read it at school. So, just try harder to make the movie if you can?

  29. Francesca –

    I would love to have some updates on the film as well. Sadly, I don’t have any.

  30. SigmaNemoTwo –

    I don’t know how many books there will be in the series.

    And it’s not like the movies aren;t getting made due to a lack of work on my part. I have been trying to get these books turned nto movies since the first book came out, which was probably before you were born.

  31. Will Spy School or Charlie Thorne ever go to India (possibly in a new book?)
    I love all of your books!! You are an amazing author:)

  32. Odyssey –

    It is certainly possible that one of my series could go to India at some point.

  33. I GOT TO SAY, if it becomes a movie it would probably be a good movie! 😉

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