The SPY SCHOOL Book Series is Being Adapted For The Big Screen
20th Century Fox just picked up the film rights to author Stuart Gibbs‘ book series Spy School and they plan on adapting it into a feature film franchise. Gibbs is set to write the script for the film, which will be based on the first novel in the series. Here’s the description of the story that it tells:
Ben Ripley may only be in middle school, but he’s already pegged his dream job: C.I.A. or bust. Unfortunately for him, his personality doesn’t exactly scream “secret agent.” In fact, Ben is so awkward, he can barely get to school and back without a mishap. Because of his innate nerdiness, Ben is not surprised when he is recruited for a magnet school with a focus on science—but he’s entirely shocked to discover that the school is actually a front for a junior C.I.A. academy. Could the C.I.A. really want him?
Actually, no. There’s been a case of mistaken identity—but that doesn’t stop Ben from trying to morph into a supercool undercover agent, the kind that always gets the girl. And through a series of hilarious misadventures, Ben realizes he might actually be a halfway decent spy…if he can survive all the attempts being made on his life!
This actually sounds like it could be an entertaining and charming story. I’m not really familiar with the books, but judging by what I’ve learned here, I’d watch the movie. Gibbs had this to say in a statement:
“Fox bought my first two scripts and gave me my first overall deal when I was starting out as a writer. They have always shown such a strong commitment to adapting great books into great family movies. So I am very excited to be working with them again, and I think this is the perfect studio to adapt Spy School.”
Gibbs has also written Fun Jungle and Moon Base Alpha book series, as well as screenplays for movies like See Spot Run and Repli-Kate. He’s also worked on a series of animated films and developed shows for Nickelodeon, Disney Channel, ABC, and Fox.
Does this sound like a film that you might enjoy?