Bad news about the Spy School movie — for now

Hey everyone –

I know you have been waiting a long time for an update about the Spy School movie — and I am sure this is not what you were hoping for.  It’s certainly not what I was hoping for.

After 54 weeks of doing nothing with the movie script, Disney decided that they were not going to move forward with the Spy School movie.

Why?  I don’t really have a great answer for that.  I was told that Disney had some concerns with the story involving kids in real danger — which you’d think they would have been able to figure out was part of the plot long ago, given the title.

Sadly, this kind of thing happens a lot in Hollywood.  As I keep saying, it is very hard to get a movie made.

This does not mean the movie will never get made.  My agents can now try to set the project up at another movie studio or streaming service.  We will see what happens.

In the meantime, feel free to write angry letters to Disney or cancel your Disney + accounts in protest.

280 thoughts on “Bad news about the Spy School movie — for now

  1. Hi mr Gibbs I’d just like to say I’m a huge fan of the spy school books especially spy ski school and I can’t wait for more books to come out q: how did you come up with the idea for the series

  2. Ripleyfan246 –

    If you look on my FAQ page you will find the answer to that question.

  3. Mr Gibbs

    It’s Disney, so you can’t really expect much. I think your idea to go to another company was great and I hope that one of the companies will see the light and make the move.


  4. Mr Gibbs

    I have been a long time fan of your work. How do you get your inspiration for the great books you write?

  5. Now that people aren’t as strict with covid, will disney make the movie? Or maybe someone else?

  6. Zev

    Covid had nothing to do with the movie not getting made. It just stalled the process.

    In theory someone rise might want to make it but I really have no idea if that will happen.

  7. Hi Mister Gibbs,
    I understand the concern about creating the spy school movie, seeing as there are many dangerous scenes that are probably best for an adult, but what about Charlie Thorne? Sure she still a child, but if you get someone who looks younger than what they look, it should be okay. Right?

  8. Kali –

    I am trying to get a Charlie Thorne movie made and hoping that whatever studio makes it will stick closely to the book, but I have no idea if that will actually happen.

  9. ACZoe –

    If you look in the Upcoming releases box on every page of this website, you can find info on all upcoming releases.

  10. The Spy School series is amazing. Considering movies were made for a lot of other books that are not as popular or addicting as this one, it seems strange that they wouldn’t make this movie, or at least consider making it for longer. So many kids love this series, and I know so many people would watch it. And as for the “kids in danger” part, I’m sure it wouldn’t be hard to find a workaround for that. I’ve written and convinced my friends to write letters to Disney. Disney does not know what they are missing. I truly hope the movie gets made someday.

  11. Hi! I really hope the movie gets made, it would be such a good idea to do the whole series as a movie and I really think they should stay true to the books!

  12. The idea that “Alex” had was amazing I know that you probably won’t do it because it would be considered “plagiarism” but it still is AMAZING! I have like 3 question though. Why is Erica so anti-social/arrogant to have friends/relationships? Was it because of Cyrus? Or does she just think that? I forgot to add the SS series is my most favorite series ever! Thank you Mr. Gibbs for writing it!

  13. Book Worm –

    As Erica has mentioned several times, she views friends and relationships as liabilities in the spy business — although Ben and her friends have been changing her mind about that throughout the series.

  14. Hi Mr. Gibbs, I really liked how Erica and Ben’s relationship has developed, and I was wondering if this will continue to progress throughout the next few books?

  15. Ericahale3

    As the Spy School series continues, I will continue to develop Ben and Erica’s relationship, as that is a core part of the series.

  16. Hi Mr Gibbs,

    I am a very big fan of the spy school series and a big thanks for writing this incredible book.

  17. Hi Mr Gibbs, if the movie continues can you ask disney to cast me as Ben Ripley? I think i have the perfect role for him. I have the hair, the height, the face, and the gift for math.

  18. Endrik Santos –

    As this post says, Disney will not be making the movie.

    Furthermore, should the movie actually get made somewhere else, I will have absolutely no control over casting. I explain why in an older post about the movie.

    The best I can do is, if there is an open casting call, I can post about it on my blog.

  19. Well, Mr gibbs, do you know if any other movie production studio will make it? and if they do can you maybe use me as a future reference or something if they let you pick some of the characters?

  20. Endrik –

    I have no idea if another studio will make it. And if they’re not going to ask my opinion about what the characters should look like, there’s not really any way they would listen to someone who wasn’t connected to the project. Sorry.

  21. Hi Mr. Gibbs, I was wondering if Erica is taller than Ben? And if so, how tall are they both? Thank you so much, I LOVE your books!

  22. EricahO

    Ben and Erica are about the same height. I am not sure exactly how tall that is though.

    For more clarity on this, please see my post on Questions I Can’t Answer.

  23. Endrik Santos –

    I am not sure how far into the SS series you have read, but if you have gotten through all the books, the answer to that question ought to be obvious.

  24. Mr Gibbs –

    I’ve been reading until Evil Spy School, but yes, it is of course obvious, also in the first book, Erica asks where the dictionary is and Ben doesn’t know, then she tells him she’ll give him a hug, and Ben instantly remembers. When does Erica give him that hug? (I like spoilers and i don’t care if you spoil it.)

  25. Endrik Sandros –

    You might like spoilers, but most people don’t. So if you want something spoiled, please write to me directly at the email at the bottom of my FAQ page.

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