What lies in the cards for Hugh Jackman, following his latest appearance as Wolverine in next summer’s ambitious X-Men franchise installment, Days of Future Past? Well, the Oscar-nominee and geek-favorite Aussie could reprise as Logan yet again in the developing X-Force comic book movie from 20th Century Fox, but (assuming that happens) it won’t be until after he plays a role in Elysium director Neil Blomkamp’s latest South Africa-based sci-fi romp, Chappie (opening in early 2015).
Meanwhile, the talented Mr. Jackman’s attention right now seems to be on projects outside the comic book and/or sci-fi realm, with the latest script to snag his interest being Section 6. The spec script from blossoming screenwriter Aaron Berg has thus far managed to get studios heads excited, as the screenplay was recently acquired by Universal for the price tag of $1.2 million (after heavy competition from studios like Sony during the bidding process on the script).
The Wrap describes Berg’s Section 6 script as a “historical spy thriller” that examines the formation of British intelligence agency MI6 and its first director, Sir George Mansfield Cumming. The latter made his mark as a successful undercover agent working for Naval Intelligence (starting in 1898), before he was recruited by the newly-formed Secret Service Bureau as the director of the foreign section – which, during the first World War, ended up becoming the Directorate of Military Intelligences Section 6 (a.k.a. MI6).
Cumming would generally drop the “Smith” from his name during communications and tended to initial papers with simply a “C,” which started the tradition for Section 6 directors to sign their documents in the same manner (albeit, with “C” standing for “Chief”). Ian Fleming would later base James Bond‘s superior “M” on certain elements of Cumming’s personality – such as, his habit for signing papers in green ink.
Jackman rarely (if ever) fails to bring a strong personality and intensity to his screen performances (see Prisoners for the most recent example), so he would be a fine choice to headline a historical spy drama/thriller – especially one that has shades of previously-released acclaimed entries in that sub-genre (see: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), as may well be the case with Section 6. That said, although the Wrap report mentions that Jackman responded well to Berg’s script, he is also said to be just one of multiple A-listers who is circling the project right now.
In addition, a handful of big-name filmmakers are reported to have expressed their interest in directing Section 6, with the two names mentioned so far being Brett Ratner (Hercules) and Justin Lin (Fast & Furious 6). So far, it sounds as though this project might come together sooner, rather than later, so hopefully we can all look forward to a more concrete update on the casting and director situation in the foreseeable future.
We’ll let you know more information about Section 6 when we do.
Source: The Wrap