Have you seen the leaked images from the fourth installment of the “Twilight” franchise? I haven’t, but apparently lots of people have, including those who made the film.
The leaked images reveal the movie’s stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson in bed and were tweeted to the world. The producers removed the primary supplier. But still, the immodest images are floating here and there online, prompting the studio and its creative team to get in touch with the franchise fans.
As a result, Twilight author Stephenie Meyer, Breaking Dawn director Bill Condon, producer Wyck Godfrey and Summit released the following statement:
As some of you may know, pictures and screen grabs of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn as a work in progress have leaked on the internet. We are extremely proud of this film and also extremely heartbroken to see it out there at this stage.
The film and these images are not yet ready or in their proper context. They were illegally obtained and their early dissemination is deeply upsetting to the actors, the filmmakers and Summit who are working so hard to bring these movies to fruition to you in November 2011 and November 2012.
Please, for those who are posting, stop. And please, though the temptation is high, don’t view or pass on these images. Wait for the film in its beautiful, finished entirety to thrill you.
The Hollywood Reporter has been watching this situation unfold. They report that intimate screenshots of the last Twilight film also leaked in advance of its release. The producers sent letters of cease and desist to some of the websites that posted the images. At least one law suit was filed and settled.
This time around, the Summit is not pointing their finger at any individual website, and they don’t have any plans to take legal action unless the studio indentifies the culprit. That could change if Summit identifies the person or other agent guilty of or responsible for the offense.