New Bond film’s script stolen in Sony Pictures hack

Bond producers say they're 'concerned' the stolen screenplay could be published online

The script for new Bond film Spectre has been stolen, the franchise’s producers have confirmed.

Eon Productions released a statement over the weekend confirming that “an early version” of the film’s screenplay was obtained when Sony Pictures’ computer systems were hacked at the end of November. Five Sony films leaked in full online following the hack.

The producers’ statement continued: “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.”

The title and full cast of the new Bond film were only revealed on December 4 and director Sam Mendes started shooting last Monday (December 8) at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire. Joining Daniel Craig’s 007 are double Oscar winner Christoph Waltz in an unspecified role, former Sherlock star Andrew Scott as a member of MI6 called Denbigh, Blue Is The Warmest Colour‘s Lea Seydoux as a Bond girl named Madeleine Swann, Guardians Of The Galaxy‘s Dave Bautista as a character called Mr Hinx and Italian actress Monica Bellucci as another female lead, Lucia Sciarra.

In the days leading up to the official announcement, it had been rumoured that Waltz, who won Oscars for his performances in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained, would be playing a classic Bond villain, but this has not been confirmed.

Also returning alongside Daniel Craig are his Skyfall castmates Naomie Harris (Moneypenny), Ben Whishaw (Q), Rory Kinnear (Bill Tanner) and of course Ralph Fiennes (M).

The official plot synopsis for the film teases: “A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organisation. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE.” Daniel Craig has since said that the film has a “better script” than Skyfall.

Spectre is set for release in cinemas on November 6 next year.