It looks like Hollywood is finally getting hip to what cult film fans knew a few years ago: Attack the Block was awesome.
Last week, we learned the film’s star John Boyega was in the running for the lead role in J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII. Today, it’s news that the film’s director, Joe Cornish, has been tapped to direct the potential spy franchise Section 6 for Universal. Not a bad week – too bad it took a few years to come together.
Section 6 chronicles the birth of Britain’s MI6 intelligence agency circa World War I, and focuses on its first director – Sir George Mansfield Cummings, who was reportedly the inspiration for M in the James Bond series.
Cornish will team up with 300: Rise of an Empire actor Jack O’Connell for the feature. O’Connell is set to play Cumming’s young protégé in the feature, which Universal acquired after an intense bidding war back in October. No one has been cast in the Cummings role yet, but The Wrap’s Jeff Sneider reports that several A-list talents have expressed interest.
For Cornish, this will mark his first feature since Attack the Block back in 2011. The filmmaker was in the running to direct Star Trek 3, but has apparently decided that Section 6’s franchise potential is more interesting. In the interim, he’s cowritten the script for Ant-Man and Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin.
For more on MI6 and its origins, here's a little piece of a documentary on the secret intelligence agency.
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