MI6 has fascinated people for generations, and now an origin story of the British spy agency is headed for the big screen. The script for this movie, titled Section 6, has been a hot property, with studios engaging in a fierce bidding war over the rights. Universal paid $1.2 million for the screenplay by Aaron Berg, and the price will rise to $2 million when the project goes into production after a rewrite.
Screenwriter Dan Mazeau, who co-wrote Wrath of the Titans, is set to write the script. He was given the opportunity after he impressed the studio with his work on the upcoming Vin Diesel action thriller, World’s Most Wanted.
Jack O’Connell has committed to play the lead. He is best known for his starring role in the Angelina Jolie-directed epic war drama, Unbroken.
Joe Cornish will direct. Section 6 is a passion project for the British filmmaker, who is known for writing and directing the big screen action sci-fi comedy Attack the Block. This new movie will serve as Cornish’s American feature film directorial debut. It also reunites Cornish with his Attack the Block producer Nira Park.
Also producing are Marc Platt (Drive), Lawrence Grey (Johnson Family Vacation), and Adam Siegel (Ricki and the Flash).
A film about MI6 will attract a big audience, including the many James Bond fans around the world. In fact, a copyright infringement lawsuit was filed against MGM by the James Bond copyright holder Danjaq, who called Section 6 a Bond knockoff. The movie was able to move forward when the parties settled earlier this year.