The Sony Pictures hack has revealed loads of things that the film studio never, ever wanted public. It turns out that the latest thing lost in the smash-and-grab hack is a draft of the new 007 movie script, Spectre.
EON Productions, the producers behind the new James Bond film, have tried to head the hackers off at the pass, by saying that the script was one of the items lifted from Sony's servers during the most recent hack.
The producers have said that the stolen script is protected by copyright, and will smackdown any attempts to republish it online.
Here's the full statement, posted on the 007.com website:
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.
Spectre was revealed as the title of the next Bond film a few weeks ago before the studio kicked off principal photography at Pinewood Studios in the UK.
It's believed that Spectre will centre around the terrorist organisation of the same name, and revive old villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld. Christophe Waltz is currently cast in the villain's role, but it's unsure as to whether he'll be revealed as Blofeld when the film hits cinemas. Who knows, we might not even have to wait that long to find out.
If we ever find out who was behind the Sony hack, perhaps it could be turned into the plot for the Bond film after Spectre?