I don’t know who’s playing Blofeld in the new James Bond film Spectre, but if you’re curious about what’s going to happen in 007’s latest adventure and lack scruples, you’ll probably be able to find out soon. Producers EON Productions have issued a statement acknowledging that the script was stolen as part of the Sony hack. The hackers have threatened to continue leaking documents, and the script may be part of a “Christmas gift” that the hackers, Guardians of Peace, threatened this past Saturday. If so, that would mark the seventh dump of documents. The hack has been in response to Sony’s decision to release the Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg comedy The Interview, which the group believes will cause “The War” with North Korea because the nation is lampooned in the film. Presumably, this group didn’t exist or was asleep at the keyboard when Olympus Has Fallen came out.
Hit the jump for more including EON Productions’ statement.
While I’m sure it’s tempting for some to find out what happens in Spectre, I strongly encourage both fans and other websites not to read or disseminate this script. The script is stolen property, and spreading it around the Internet tells criminals that it’s okay to steal personal e-mails, account information, and more just because the public finds it juicy. If you care about filmmaking, then respect the filmmakers and don’t share or report the contents of the script.
And if you do, you might be in violation of copyright law anyway. Here’s the statement from EON [via Variety]:
“EON PRODUCTIONS, the producers of the James Bond films, learned this morning that an early version of the screenplay for the new Bond film SPECTRE is amongst the material stolen and illegally made public by hackers who infiltrated the Sony Pictures Entertainment computer system,” reads the statement. “Eon Productions is concerned that third parties who have received the stolen screenplay may seek to publish it or its contents. 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 utilized by anyone who obtains a copy of it. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Danjaq LLC 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.”