[Movies] Universal Acquires Rights To Spy Script Section 6, Hugh Jackman Interested
Posted by Joseph Lee on 10.31.2013
There was a bidding war...
The Wrap reports that Universal Pictures has won a bidding war for Aaron Berg's spec script Section 6. It sold for $1.2 million and is Berg's first sale. The bidding came down to Sony and Universal. Universal offered progress-to-production language in its offer, which separated it.
Hugh Jackman is one of several actors who read the script and showed an interest, but he's not attached to star at the moment. Directors who are interested include Justin Lin and Brett Ratner.
Lawrence Grey, who developed the script with Berg, will produce with Marc Platt and Adam Siegel. Adam Marshall from Caliber Media will also be involved as a producer. He introduced Berg, his client with Verve, to Grey. Universal's Jeff Kirchenbaum made the deal.
The historical spy film follows the World War I-era creation of British intelligence agency MI6 and its first director, Sir George Mansfield Cummings. Cummings was the inspiration for M in the James Bond films.