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MGM and Bond producers end lawsuit against Universal's Section 6

01.07.2015

MGM and Bond right holder DANJAQ have finally dropped a lawsuit that has held up production on Universal's spy franchise SECTION 6. After months of protracted back and forth and the loss of filmmaker Joe Cornish on the film, SECTION 6 looks to finally be clear to proceed. The suit was set to go to trial this February but has now been dismissed and an apparent settlement has been reached between the studios, according to Deadline.

In case you weren't aware, here is what MGM alleges Universal was infringing on with SECTION 6.

“This lawsuit concerns a motion picture project, in active development, featuring a daring, tuxedo-clad British secret agent, employed by ‘His Majesty’s Secret Service,’ with a ‘license to kill,’ and a 00 secret agent number on a mission to save England from the diabolical plot of a megalomanical villain,” the April 2 filing says. “Most moviegoers would assume from that description alone that this lawsuit concerns the next James Bond picture. It does not.”

Universal has had hopes of turning SECTION 6 into a series of films and apparently MGM didn't like that too much. Now that the road has been cleared, it is unknown who will be attached to helm or star in the WWI film. UNBROKEN star Jack O'Connell was linked to the lead role and Hugh Jackman showed interest, but now they have moved on to other projects. SECTION 6 still sounds like a cool movie and a welcome addition to the spy genre.

The details of the settlement are unknown but whether progress is now made on SECTION 6 will dictate how much damage this lawsuit may have done to the project. Stay tuned for details.

Source: Deadline

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10:58PM on 01/07/2015
I wish we would have more slow-burn espionage thrillers like Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy or even Spy Game.
I wish we would have more slow-burn espionage thrillers like Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy or even Spy Game.
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1:37AM on 01/08/2015
Yeah, anything by John Le Carre (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Spy Who Came In From the Cold, The Constant Gardener, A Most Wanted Man, etc.) is awesome. Fun fact, at one point Le Carre actually worked for MI6 in real life and began his career as a novelist specifically because the Bond novels bore absolutely no resemblance to the real MI6 and he thought that there'd be a market for more realistic spy novel.
Yeah, anything by John Le Carre (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Spy Who Came In From the Cold, The Constant Gardener, A Most Wanted Man, etc.) is awesome. Fun fact, at one point Le Carre actually worked for MI6 in real life and began his career as a novelist specifically because the Bond novels bore absolutely no resemblance to the real MI6 and he thought that there'd be a market for more realistic spy novel.
3:53AM on 01/08/2015
Oh yeah, definitely, John Le Carre's novels are awesome.
Oh yeah, definitely, John Le Carre's novels are awesome.
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10:11PM on 01/07/2015
That's a bullshit ass suit if I ever heard of one. NO audience would assume it's a Bond movie without the title character... James Bond. The only people I could think of that would see the trailer or something and think "Oh that's the next James Bond movie" are people that live under fucking rocks.
That's a bullshit ass suit if I ever heard of one. NO audience would assume it's a Bond movie without the title character... James Bond. The only people I could think of that would see the trailer or something and think "Oh that's the next James Bond movie" are people that live under fucking rocks.
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1:34AM on 01/08/2015
Well, considering that summary bears virtually no resemblance to the real life MI6 whatsoever yet sounds just like the Bond universe MI6, I think they actually had a pretty valid point. I guarantee you that Universal either paid them a big wad of cash or revised the script, or possibly both.
Well, considering that summary bears virtually no resemblance to the real life MI6 whatsoever yet sounds just like the Bond universe MI6, I think they actually had a pretty valid point. I guarantee you that Universal either paid them a big wad of cash or revised the script, or possibly both.
9:40PM on 01/07/2015
Section 6 could get around this by taking a more tongue-in-cheek approach, I suppose. Kingsman: The Secret Service looks to be doing that really well.
Section 6 could get around this by taking a more tongue-in-cheek approach, I suppose. Kingsman: The Secret Service looks to be doing that really well.
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9:42PM on 01/07/2015
yeah, they should do exactly what the next guy is doing.
yeah, they should do exactly what the next guy is doing.
11:12PM on 01/07/2015
Not exactly, but by winking at the similarities instead of pretending they don't exist, albeit not to the extent Kingsman seems to be doing, they could get away with it more.
Not exactly, but by winking at the similarities instead of pretending they don't exist, albeit not to the extent Kingsman seems to be doing, they could get away with it more.
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