New James Bond script taken in Sony attack

An early script for the new James Bond film, Spectre - which was announced earlier this month at a huge press gathering - has been stolen in the massive cyber-attack on Sony Pictures.

The attack has already seen phone numbers, travelling aliases and salaries for stars like Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts compromised, as well as a raft of damming internal emails revealed.

Producers discovered the latest loss on Saturday (13 December) and security experts have already suggested it could take upwards of £64m to rectify.

A spokesperson said: "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."

However, production of the film is still moving forward despite reports to the contrary.

The FBI has been brought in to investigate the hack, rumoured to be orchestrated by a group called ‘Guardians of Peace’ which has links to North Korea. However, North Korea denies any ties to the hack and the identity of those responsible remains unknown.

The Bond franchise is one of the most lucrative for Sony Pictures. The most recent film of the series, Skyfall’ made over $1bn worldwide.

Spectre is due to be released in November 2015

Jennifer Faull

Jen Faull is Brands Editor at The Drum. Based in London, she has interviewed major business figures including top marketers from Mondelez, Unilever, Tesco, and Lidl.

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