An “early version” of the script for the next James Bond film, Spectre, was among the vast trove of documents stolen in the hacker attack on Sony Pictures, according to an official statement from the Bond producers, Eon Productions.
The statement says MGM and Danjaq LLC, the family-owned business that controls with MGM the Bond rights, will go after anyone trying to profit off the sale of the script.
The theft reflects that Sony isn’t alone in dealing with the fallout from the ransacking late last month of its computer systems and partial subsequent release of its corporate files, and shows how this particular cancer can metastasize. Officials at MGM, Danjaq and Sony were unavailable for comment.
Here’s the Eon statement:
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 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.
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