Joe Cornish to Direct Universal's Spy Movie 'Section 6'

Jack O'Connell is attached to star in the period spy movie.
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One of the hottest spec scripts of last year is about to land a director.

Joe Cornish is Universal's choice to direct Section 6, which attracted intense interest and had David MacKenzie and Tom Hooper as finalists for the gig.

Section 6 is the origin story of the formation of Great Britain's secret intelligence agency, Military Intelligence, Section 6, also known as MI6.

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Universal won a heated bidding war for the script in October, paying $1.2 million against $2 million with a progress to production set in motion after a rewrite step.

Earlier this year, Jack O'Connell, the British actor who is portraying Lou Zamperini in Angelina Jolie's biopic Unbroken, became attached to star in the project.

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Marc Platt and Adam Siegel are producing with Lawrence Grey.

In keeping with the nationality of the story, Cornish is a Brit. He worked with Edgar Wright to write Steven Spielberg's Tintin animated movie as well as Marvel's upcoming Ant-Man, but is best known for his directorial debut, Attack the Block. Block was a sci-fi horror comedy that was little seen in the U.S. but widely praised by the fanboy community.

He is repped by CAA.