By Boris Kit
October 12, 2013
Universal has come out on top in the bidding war for Section 6, the hot spec script by Aaron Berg that jolted the market this week.
While all the studios were in the mix, including high-profile producers such as David Heyman and Mary Parent, it came down to Sony and Universal by late Friday. The script went out earlier in the week, sending execs into a frenzy since companies were not allowed to immediately bid on it.
By midnight, Universal was the winner, paying $1.2 million against $2 million with a progress to production set in motion after a rewrite step. Marc Platt and Adam Siegel are on board to produce with Lawrence Grey.
The Universal win is a coming home of sorts for Grey, the producer who developed the project with Berg, a newbie writer. Grey was a senior vp, production at Universal from 2007 to 2009 before moving on to exec positions at Fox Searchlight and Mandate.
Section 6 became a hot commodity the old-fashioned way: It’s just a really good script, according to those who have read it.
The plot revolves around the origin of MI6, the British intelligence agency that was founded during World War I. One of the central figures in the script is Sir George Mansfield Cumming, the agency’s first director.
Berg is repped by Verve, Caliber Media and attorney Rob Szymanski.