Sony Hackers Make Off With 007’s 'Spectre' Script
Since word of the breach came down, we've learned more and more about how it played out, including the fact that undetectable malware was the root cause. We also know that a group that calls itself Guardians of Peace is claiming responsibility.
Well, this breach has claimed yet another victim, fictional MI6
agent James Bond. Spectre, the twenty-fourth James Bond film, was announced
earlier this month and while we do know that an Aston Martin DB10 will make
an appearance, the story has been kept under tight-wraps. Well, that is until
this breach, which saw an entire version of an early-version script leaked out.
Understandably so, Spectre's production company, Eon Productions, has some slight fear here; "Eon Productions is concerned that third parties who have received the stolen screenplay may seek to publish it or its contents."
The company goes on to state that the script, early or not, is protected under UK copyright laws, so if anyone were to take it and make use of bits and pieces, it's likely to be very obvious.
As James Bond films are one of Sony's biggest money-earners,
this leak no doubt stings, but it strikes me as very unlikely that it would financially
affect the film – after all, an early script is not quite the same thing as a fully
completed blockbuster film.