James Bond Film ‘Spectre’: Screenplay Stolen and Leaked in Sony Hack; Demands Media to Delete Any Stolen Data
It seems like the leaked emails and movies aren’t the end of the cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment. On Dec. 13, 2014, producers of the recently announced “Bond” movie confirmed that the script for “Spectre” is amongst the material stolen and leaked in the Sony cyberattack. Read on for further details.
On Dec. 13, 2014, EON Productions has issued a statement confirming that an early version of the screenplay for the movie “Spectre” had been obtained by the hackers. The producers are concerned that the third parties “may seek to publish its contents” and warned them by saying that the film is “protected by the laws of copyright in the United Kingdom and around the world” and warns further that they “will take all necessary steps to protect their rights.”
The title, cast and release dates were announced last Dec. 4, 2014. Bond 24, which was titled to be “Spectre,” will have new cast members such as Christoph Waltz (Oberhauser), Andrew Scott (Denbigh), Dave Bautista (Mr Hinx), Monica Bellucci (Lucia Sciarra) and Lea Seydoux (Madeleine Swann). “Spectre” will be Daniel Craig’s fourth film as James Bond and will act alongside returning cast members Naomie Harris (Moneypenny), Ralph Fiennes (M), Rory Kinnear (Bill Tanner) and Ben Whishaw (Q). The movie is scheduled to be released on Nov. 6, 2015.
The hackers, who call themselves as Guardians of Peace, have previously released Sony films such as “Annie,” “Still Alice” and Fury” in torrent sites. Sensitive materials have also been released including embarrassing exchanges of emails, with the recent leak showing Amy Pascal (Sony Picture Entertainment’s co-chairman) calling Leonardo DiCaprio “despicable” for passing on Steve Jobs' biopic. Hackers have also released email exchanges between Pascal and award-winning producer Scott Rudin, wherein the latter called Angelina Jolie a “spoiled brat” and made racially offensive jokes about President Obama.
Sony Pictures Entertainment’s lawyers warn media outlets to delete any stolen data. In a note received and reported by the NY Times, one of Sony’s lawyers (David Boies) demanded that any stolen information be avoided and destroyed.
There have been speculations that North Korea is behind the cyberattack and was done in response to Sony’s movie, “The Interview,” which features two reporters (played by James Franco and Seth Rogen) who were hired by the CIA to assassinate the North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un. North Korea denied any involvement to the hack.
There you have it for the latest news on the James Bond movie “Spectre.” Stay tuned on Movie News Guide (MNG) for more updates.