LONDON, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- The recent hack of Sony Pictures computers has revealed racist comments from company executives and made the company wonder if North Korea was involved, and now it appears the new James Bond script was stolen.
Eon Productions, which makes the James Bond movies, hinted it may not be the most up to date draft of the script in a statement. They refer to the draft that was stolen as an "early version" of the upcoming Spectre movie starring Daniel Craig.
The statement says the script is confidential, and anyone who tries to publish or use the script will be breaking copyright law.
"Spectre" is the name of a fictional global terrorist organization in the James Bond novels and movies. The latest movie is being directed by Sam Mendes, who also directed the Skyfall James Bond movie.
The statement from Eon reads as follows:
"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."