A draft version of the script for the new James Bond film Spectre has been stolen by hackers, producers have revealed.
Eon Productions confirmed that the screenplay was taken as part of the cyberattack on Sony Pictures last month.
In a statement on the film’s official website, Eon said it was concerned the script may be published online.
“Eon Productions, the producers of the James Bond films, learned this morning that an early version of the screenplay for the new Bond movie 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 Bond franchise is one of Sony Pictures’ most lucrative properties and the last film Skyfall netted nearly £1bn worldwide, more than any other Bond film. It was also the the highest-grossing film of all time at the British box office taking nearly £103m in 2012.
Filming on Spectre began this month after producer Barbara Broccoli and director Sam Mendes unveiled the title, cast and new car. Starring Sherlock’s Andrew Scott and Christoph Waltz alongside Craig, it is due for release on 6 November 2015.
Sony said yesterday that production on films were “moving forward” despite the attack and claims by the Times that agencies working for the studio have cancelled planned filming because the hacking had left it unable to process payments.
A hacking collective calling itself the Guardians of Peace began the cyber attack on Sony late last month, leaking four films and thousands of documents in a move which has caused chaos for the entertainment giant which is also behind the Spider-Man films.
Emails between top producers and executives belittling a number of major stars and projects were leaked as well as phone numbers and aliases for actors including Tom Hanks and Daniel Craig.
Millions of people have also been able to download copies of the Brad Pitt film Fury and British director Mike Leigh’s biopic Mr Turner. The leak also revealed plans for a Men in Black and 22 Jump Street crossover.
The FBI is investigating with many still suspecting that the cuplrit is North Korea in retaliation for Sony film The Interview, which centres on a plan to assassinate the country’s leader, Kim Jong Un.