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NYC Screenwriters Collective Message Board › Universal Wins Bidding War On Spec Script - "Section 6"

Universal Wins Bidding War On Spec Script - "Section 6"

David N.
Group Organizer
New York, NY
Post #: 669
Deal is $1.2M against $2M with progress towards production. With such high numbers, it's likely that Aaron Berg is a pseudonym for an established Hollywood screenwriter. But more evidence that it's a very hot year for feature spec scripts.

I've posted the script, so you can READ "Section 6"


Universal Wins Heated Bidding War for Spy Spec Script 'Section 6
Oct. 12, 2013, 12:40 PM EST
By Jeff Sneider

Universal Pictures has won a spirited auction for Aaron Berg's spec script "Section 6," which created a frenzy amongst Hollywood executives this week, according to an individual familiar with the project.

It's the first sale for Berg, an up-and-coming writer who wanted a million dollar payday and got his wish, with Universal paying $1.2 million in a deal that harkened back to the good old days when spec scripts routinely sold for seven figures.

The bidding came down to Sony and Universal, which offered progress-to-production language in its offer, separating itself from the rest of the herd.

Hugh Jackman is among the A-list actors who read the script and responded to the material, though he is not attached to star at this time. Several top filmmakers have also expressed interest in the material, including Justin Lin and Brett Ratner.

Lawrence Grey, who developed the script with Berg, will produce with Marc Platt and Adam Siegel. Caliber Media's Adam Marshall, who reps Berg along with Verve, is also expected to be involved in a producing capacity, having introduced his client to Grey.

The historical spy thriller follows the World War I-era formation of British intelligence agency MI6 and its first director, Sir George Mansfield Cummings, who served as the inspiration for M in the James Bond series.

Universal's Jeff Kirchenbaum was instrumental in making the deal for "Section 6."
Patrick P.
user 26854212
Brooklyn, NY
Post #: 24
This looks great, David--thanks for posting. Definitely going to take a look a this script. $1.2 - 2 million--good money, but can you live on it?
T C.
user 7945997
Brooklyn, NY
Post #: 3
I don't think Mr. Berg is established. Various reports refer to him as a first-timer, and he was a Nicholl semi-finalist as recently as 2011. Just goes to show, a good script is Hollywood's most valuable currency. Keep writing.
user 9917062
Brooklyn, NY
Post #: 1
Thanks for posting this script. I started reading it. When a script rips off the page like bullets--when you can read it like you are watching it--it is good writing.
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