James Bond Spectre Script Stolen In Sony Hack — See Producers’ Statement Here
An early script for the new James Bond movie Spectre was among the thousands of documents stolen in the cyberattack against Sony. As Gossip Cop has reported, emails and more materials digitally housed by the entertainment company were hacked by a mysterious organization called “Guardians of Peace,” causing ripples throughout Hollywood. The latest twist in the saga threatens a movie that won’t be officially released for almost another year.
Producers of the James Bond franchise fear one of their early screenplay drafts for the upcoming installment will make its way online, as have much of the other documents stolen in the hacking. In a statement posted on the official 007 website, EON Productions says it is “concerned that third parties who have received the stolen screenplay may seek to publish it or its contents,” and notes, “The screenplay for SPECTRE is the confidential information of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Danjaq, LLC, and is protected by the laws of copyright in the United Kingdom and around the world. It may not (in whole or in part) be published, reproduced, disseminated or otherwise utilised by anyone who obtains a copy of it.”
The statement further vows the producers will “take all necessary steps to protect their rights against the persons who stole the screenplay, and against anyone who makes infringing uses of it or attempts to take commercial advantage of confidential property it knows to be stolen.” It was announced earlier this month that Spectre will again star Daniel Craig as Bond, with Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw and Naomie Harris also returning. New stars will include Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux, Monica Bellucci and David Bautista. The film, directed by Sam Mendes, is slated to hit theaters on November 6, 2015.
As Gossip Cop has reported, fallout from the hacking has also included the release of hundreds of emails from Sony executives, including ones featuring racist comments about President Obama and snipes against Angelina Jolie. A number of movies, including the upcoming Annie, were also leaked online. Gossip Cop will have updates.