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.

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

  1. That’s too bad to hear. Good luck with getting it made in the future!

  2. Hey Stu! I’m sorry Disney wasn’t competent enough to observe that a movie titled “Spy School” indicates any child actors involved would appear to do dangerous things. I also know that you don’t have a hand in most aspects of the movie after production begins; You are the author. I definitely think that Spy School would be a great movie. Most movies with kids and spying are really weird and fake, and your books give us the power of imagination. Even if your books don’t get turned into movies, I still want you to know that the details in the book help each reader to have their own understanding of the book. We each have different versions of Erica, Ben and Zoe. No matter what, your books will continue to inspire others, sparking our imagination.

  3. Mr.Gibbs, it was so hard to read a book cover to cover until I saw your books. Your spy school series of books have really turns my judgment about around. I can’t thankyou enough for coming out with these books. I have become I new reader with your books I could read your books forever. I am so angry about disney+ dropping the Spy school movies. They don’t know what their missing I hope another studio can pick it up. Mr.Gibbs please continue to writing amazing books.

  4. hi Mr. Gibbs my name is cooper I am 11 years old and live in North Carolina and I just wanted to say that Disney is making a tremendous!! mistake not producing your movie and I will be composing a letter expressing my outrage at them I listen to your audiobooks of spy school every night to fall asleep and I was wondering when you will be touring again and if you come to North Carolina I will definitely be attending because I love your books and greatly hope that I may get to meet you someday i appreciate you for your laborious work on your novels- signed cooper Sullivan

  5. Monstrous Fan –

    If you would like to email me, there is an email address at the bottom of my FAQ page.

  6. Spy school fan –

    My agents are well aware of who all the major studios are and are working with all of them.

  7. Hi mr Gibbs, Im a huge fan. I have read each and every one of your books at least twice. Please keep making the space case series books. It sucks that Disney+ isn’t making a movie, I hope there will be one though. Thanks for reading this. -from Emirali age 11

  8. Emirali –

    I am very pleased to hear that you have enjoyed my books so much. I wish I could continue the MBA series, but I have explained my reasons for ending it on my blog.

  9. Hi, Mr.Gibbs my name is Jackson Gregory from Memphis TN. 11-3-21 you had visited my school via zoom. Anyway i have a idea for the 10th book, its called quitting Spy School.
    Its about when Ben has too much assignments he angry then he gets a annoying sidekick
    Jackie Davis Jr so he quits. Or it could be called Spy School Rouge.

    From Jackson.
    P.S. do your think we can zoom one day?

  10. Jackson Gregory –

    Unfortunately, I can’t really take suggestions from readers — especially about books that are due to come out within a year. I have been working on SS10 for well over a year already (and have thought through ideas for additional books) beyond that.

    Also, schools pay for me to do Zoom visits because they take time away from my writing. So I really can’t afford to take the time to Zoom with fans. Sorry.

  11. Mr. Gibbs,

    I am a huge fan of the Spy School series. One of my friends doesn’t read much and I lent him the Spy School books and he loves them. I’ve wanted a Spy School movie (or a TV series) to happen ever since I picked them up to read, and I’ve read your articles on the potential movie, and my only question – for now – is if a movie was made and it succeeded how would you work on sequels if the actors will keep on aging? You’ve mentioned that the movie will be live-action, but for the aging problem do you intend to ignore the age or make the characters older than in the books (kind of like how they hired Tom Holland who’s in his 20s to play a 15-year old Spider-Man)?

  12. Daniel McMichael –

    Honestly, I don’t know how to answer the aging problem. That’s something that is always discussed with the studio, and it’s really up to them to figure it out.

    When the movie was at Fox/Disney, at one point they suggested making Spy School and Spy Camp at the same time to prevent aging between them — but of course, that didn’t happen.

  13. Stu,

    I might cancel my Disney + subscription because of this but the thing is that won’t work. if we can get lots of people saying that they want it then Disney might change there minds but Ik your agents are taking care of it and I know that though there not even close to as amazing as you they will figure it out.

    -I’m a spy

  14. Hi! I Love the Spy School books SOOOOO much! My brother recommended them to me and I finished the entire series in a week. 🙂 I love your characters, and I absolutely cannot wait for Spy School 10 to come out! Thanks for writing amazing books!

  15. Stu,
    I am a big fan of your books my friend recommended them to me and I finished every book in one day. Also the day I saw spy School at sea on amazon I pre ordered it. I am so excited for the graphic novels and SS10. I am so sorry about the movie I really Hope you can get a studio to produce your movie if not they all just suffered a huge lose. I am 12 years old and super excited for SS10.

  16. Stu
    I am 12 and from Atlanta, Georgia. I loooovvvveeee your books I read every one in a day.
    Disney is at a lose for not making your books into a movie it would be epic. I really hope you can find a studio to produce your movie. Also does Ben like Zoe or Erica more?

  17. Spy Kid09 –

    If you have read my entire series to the end of SSAS, it should be pretty obvious who Ben likes.

  18. I guess disney doesn’t like the idea of kids anniliating nucler missles and arms that shoot exlplosives.

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