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.

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

  1. Mr. gibbs

    have you read the Mysterious Benedict Society and if so did you see there’s going to be a series on Disney plus about it, is there a chance that something like that could happen with spy school maybe Disney or maybe another streaming service like Netflix or Hulu?
    p.s. anyone that hasn’t read the Mysterious Benedict Society series is missing out its an amazing series.

  2. Ifoundanideaforaname

    I read the first Mysterious Benedict Society book. I did not know it was going to be a series on Disney Plus.

    As I say in this post, the project is not happening at Disney in any way. Maybe another streaming service is possible. We will see.

  3. Have you tried asking Universal? They did an amazing job with Harry Potter

  4. SS fan –

    Trust me, if there is a movie production company, I am approaching them.

  5. Hi Mr.Gibbs!!!
    I am a HUGE fan of yours!!! i usually read about 1 or 2 books a day, and for the longest time i could never i a million years figure out who my favorite author was until i read Spy School. Not to say there aren’t soooooooo many other incredible books out there definitely including the Mysterious Benedict Society series. i am definitely furious with Disney for canceling the Spy School movie and will totally write them a letter!!! Anyway i have been wanting to write you for a really long time and just wanted to let you know that you are an incredible author and one hundred percent deserve someone better than Disney if they can’t see your incredible talent. Yours, Aria Justice

  6. Dear Mr Gibbs

    Just cancelled my Disney+ account 🙂
    Consider taking up Netflix or Paramount
    Hope to see the movie soon!


  7. Hi Mr.Gibbs
    I’m a big fan of your books and actually I do love them! Not reading the original books, I’m actually reading translation of your books in persian(I’m 98.5 % sure they have cencored good parts, but even with those cencors they haven’t been able to stop me from reading your awesome books!). Completed book 6, really eager to see what happens in book 7. I know book 9 is being released, and I’m sure it is awesome(not lying!). But the main reason I wrote this message was to say disney doesn’t know how big its mistake was. I’m really eager to watch the movie, and please(if you find another studio and start making movie), don’t stop in only one movie. I hope you and your family stay healthy and live a happy life. (tip: I don’t have a disney+ account, but now I’m sure I will never have)(tip tip: I just wanted to say again: YOUR BOOKS ARE AWESOME!)

  8. I definitely think so, and so are Disney’s movies. For every couple of good movies they come out with they always come out with ten dreadful ones for each decent or even awesome one they produce!

  9. Free De La Hoya –

    It is very exciting to hear from someone who is reading the Persian versions. I don’t know how much censoring happens in the books, because I can’t read them in Persian. I am glad to hear you are enjoying them, though.

  10. Dear Mr. Gibbs,

    Just posting that I love all your books and I have many classmates that agree with me. You have bought my brother and I so much joy through your books, (we’ve read all the Spy School Books and Moon Base Alpha Series – sad they couldn’t continue).

    Thank you again for bringing joy to me and my loved ones, please keep writing!


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