An early version of the screenplay for the upcoming James Bond film Spectre was among the trove of documents stolen in last months' cyber attack on Sony, according to producers.
Eon Productions, the company behind the Bond series, released a terse statement Saturday, condemning the theft and warning against the script's release.
"Eon Productions is concerned that third parties who have received the stolen screenplay may seek to publish it or its contents," the producers said.
"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," the producers wrote.
Filming for Spectre began earlier this month, with the film scheduled to be released in Nov. 2015.
North Korea — enraged by Sony's upcoming film The Interview, which is premised on a bumbling reporter's attempts to assassinate Kim Jong Un — has denied being being behind the hack, which it described as "righteous." Just the kind of language you would expect from a former Bond villain.
David Mack is a reporter and weekend editor for BuzzFeed News in New York.
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