Sony Pictures' most lucrative franchise has been shaken (not stirred) by the hacking scandal — and if there's one thing James Bond doesn't like to be, it's the victim.
In the most recent development in the seemingly never-ending Sony hacking scandal, an early draft for "Spectre," the next Daniel Craig-fronted Bond film, has been stolen and no one is all that pleased about it.
In a statement released by Eon Productions on the film's official website, producers are worried that the script may end up online, effectively ruining the surprise and all their months and months of hard work and preparation right as its gone into production.
"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. Eon Productions is concerned that third parties who have received the stolen screenplay may seek to publish it or its contents."
The statement continued, hoping to appeal to the hacker's better nature and also remind them that, hey, this is a United Kingdom thing — so maybe leave them out of it? "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. 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."
At a presentation in England revealing the new cast, film name, and Bond's sweet new ride, director Sam Mendes said: "I was so excited to tell this story but to explain why, I would have to tell you the plot and I can't do that." Makes the loss of that script extra-crappy, now, doesn't it?
In senate hearings last week, the FBI confirmed they were investigating the hack, many believing it to be retaliation for Sony's release of "The Interview." Guardians of Peace have claimed responsibility for the ongoing activities — a hacking group some believe have ties to North Korea, the subject of the aforementioned Seth Rogen and James Franco film.