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.

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

  1. Disney is making a huge mistake. If they can’t see that this is a great opportunity that’s their loss. Once the movie has been made and explodes they will realize what a loss it truly was.

  2. Mr Gibbs
    Is it possible that you could talk to someone else who got a movie production company to make a movie and ask them how they convinced the studio?

  3. PY 1

    I have agents whose entire job it is to get movies made. They know how this is done. In fact, I have had movies made before. It’s just a weird business.

  4. Mr Gibbs
    On Amazon there’s a picture of the back of SS 10. There is a description on the back and the last sentence says “ you never know when watermelons may come in handy.” What does that mean?

  5. I am a huge fan of the spy school books and it is to bad that Disney is to blind to see the potential here. On a lighter note we are all very exited for the release of project-x:)

  6. Why Disney???They Have Made Many Movies With Kids In Danger But Why Not This One…?? I’m Sure They Have Another Reason, The Thing With Kids In Danger Is Just A Cover Up! You Can Try Paramount Or Warner Bros!!!I Don’t Know But I Sure Know That When The Movie Blows Up And You Are A Billionaire Disney Will Be Crying And They Will Deserve It! I Hope You Find A Way To Make It.

  7. Person –

    Where did you hear that the SS movie was coming out in fall 2022? That’s hard to believe, since the movie hasn’t been cast, filmed or edited yet. Also, no studio has agreed to make it.

  8. Lydia Pialli

    I wish it was that easy as just asking. But Apple TV is not making shows for kids at all. (Or so they tell me.)

  9. If something like Stranger Things which has children in danger, is it possible to have Netflix come up with a movie?

  10. Huh. Well that kinda sucks. Do you have a specific reason why no major studios are taking the script?

  11. Jalaway –

    It seems that studios are making less content for kids and targeting older viewers more and more.

  12. I really loved the spy school books, although haven’t watched the movie. But I hope Disney will change their mind.

  13. Dear Stuart Gibbs,
    I am a big fan of the Spy School Series (along with the Space Case & Charlie Thorne series) and am bummed that it won’t be able to be made into a movie as of right now.
    But, I still have faith that it will be eventually, just remember to keep trying ?.
    A Friend,

  14. tbh i really wanted to see what they look like but no complains there cause we have the graphic novel for that.

  15. cyrus hale –

    If the movie came out, you wouldn’t really get to see what the characters look like. You would get to see what a bunch of actors playing the characters look like. The characters really look like however you imagine them.

  16. Mr Gibbs-

    I have just finished SSPX, and it was fantastic.
    Can you reveal anything about book 11?

  17. Okay, Disney is being incredibly stupid. Do they not have a single idea about how fascinated people of all ages would be if there was a SSM? The SS Series is too amazing. They need so seriously consider what they’re even saying. They don’t like the idea of kids in danger, and they’re out there making Spider-Man movies. It’s just an excuse. If I actually found out that there was going to be an SSM, I would be hyped up the whole week. I would maybe even pass out in excitement. I really hope there is a SSM in the future. It has to happen. Or my life isn’t complete. Maybe force Disney to read your books and do some serious persuading? Or show them our comments of protest. Your outstanding writing and is awesome. It’ll be great if we see the movie version of the SS books.

  18. disney is sooooo stupid I’ve always been hoping to see the movie so sad :,(
    btw sspx so good can’t wait for book 11

  19. Dear, Mr. Gibbs
    I hope that someone will change there mind about making SS move. I think that maybe They have some other reason that they are not telling you. I think they don’t want to spend money on something that they think that not many people don’t get me wrong I think that a lot of people are going to watch it, but we can’t be certain of why they won’t make a SS move. I just hope that someone will have a change of heart.
    A fan,
    Jonathan Campbell.

  20. Erica Daisy Hale –

    If I could find another film company to make the movie, then they would be making the movie. The whole reason there isn’t a movie is that I CAN’T fond a comapny to make the movie.

  21. they are making a huge mistake! look at how many people commented! at least half would want/ be able to see it! I mean, a little under 700 people have commented! maybe a little closer to 600, though that’s still a lot.

  22. Emily Blunt should play Catherine since you describe her as basically acting like Mary

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