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In the recent Sony Entertainment hack, perpetrated by a group of hackers known as “Guardians of Peace,” countless documents and films were stolen. Slowly releasing documents leading up to an assumed “massive leak” for the holiday, the hackers are demanding Sony halt the release of Seth Rogan and James Franco’s film, The Interview. One of the stolen documents is the newest SPECTRE script for the upcoming Bond film, confirmed by EON Productions (via Variety) in the following statement:
“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 utilized 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.”
If the script is indeed leaked, we at Entertainment Fuse urge “you” not to read, download or disseminate the script; an act that would condone the illegal actions of hackers, and would, itself, be an illegal act.
And now for a leak of a more interesting, and far less illegal nature. We learned earlier this month that Christoph Waltz would get an upcoming part in the, as of then, unnamed “Bond 24.” Rumors swirled around that Waltz had been cast to play Ernest Stavro Blofeld, and seemed to be all but confirmed when the film was officially given its SPECTRE title. However, in a recent interview with Collider, Waltz denied playing the sinister head of SPECTRE, and instead only offered: “No. No. It’s more interesting than that.” Waltz’s character name is listed as Oberhauser, so I will be excited to see how, and on what side, Waltz lands. There are surely more rumors yet to come, but it will certainly be interesting to see if EON even revives (Its all I want for Christmas) Blofeld, and even more so to see who plays the fiendish sociopath.