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Sunday 3 May 2015

Cornish to head up Section 6 film

Joe Cornish is directing spy thriller Section 6
Joe Cornish is directing spy thriller Section 6

Joe Cornish is set to direct spy thriller Section 6.

The Attack The Block filmmaker has signed on to take the reins on the historical drama, reported The Wrap.

Jack O'Connell is already on board and is tipped to play a promising spy in the film, which tells the story behind the formation of British intelligence agency MI6 (Mission Intelligence Section 6) in World War I.

The search is now on for an actor to play the organisation's first director, Sir George Mansfield Cummings, who served as the inspiration for M in the James Bond series.

Written by Aaron Berg and tipped for a potential franchise, Section 6 will be produced by Nira Park, who previously worked with Joe on Attack The Block, amongst others.

This would be Joe's third stint in the director's chair, since he made his debut as a director with 2011's Attack The Block. He is also attached to direct the big-screen adaptation of Neal Stephenson's 1992 novel Snow Crash.

The 45-year-old - who co-wrote Steven Spielberg's The Adventures Of Tintin with Steven Moffat and Edgar Wright, and helped out on Edgar's Ant-Man - had been eyed to direct Star Trek 3, but according to The Wrap, he preferred to wait for the right project.

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