In the release, the studio said the March leak came from the town of Posadas in northern Argentina, but since there may be more people involved, the investigation is still ongoing. Specifically, Summit is identifying Daiana Santia as allegedly being involved in the group that stole the images and footage. Civil action has been filed in the U.S. and Argentina, while criminal action has also been filed in Argentina. The images released were from Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Edward’s (Pattinson) honeymoon scene and some of the final shots of the flick when Bella transforms into a vampire.
When MTV News caught up with Pattinson shortly after the incident occurred, he was obviously very annoyed by the whole situation. “It’s just ridiculous. I literally can’t believe that it happened,” he said. “I want the ‘Twilight’ troops to mobilize, all the good fans, and find out who these little sh–s are and just hack into their computers and destroy them. … I’m being genuinely serious, ‘Twilight’ fans.”
Summit hired law firm Keats McFarland & Wilson LLP to search four continents (North America, South America, Europe and Australia) to find the people behind what director Bill Condon called a “deeply upsetting” experience. Summit Executive Vice President David C. Friedman released a statement in the press release about the situation, saying that a strong fan community should not result in property theft.
“While we very much appreciate the legions of committed fans of the franchise and encourage them to create community online, we cannot ignore that property was stolen,” he said. “It is not fair to the majority of fans that want to see the final chapter of the ‘Twilight Saga’ film franchise fully realized by the filmmaker and dedicated cast and crew to have these images out and available on the Internet.”
In the earlier MTV News interview, Pattinson said the people involved in the incident could not even be considered fans. “It’s raw footage; it’s not even what people are going to see,” he said “Why do this maliciously? You’re not a fan. You’re just a di–.”
“In an action that further communicates that those who steal images, video and other intellectual property will be identified and prosecuted globally, Summit Entertainment communicated today that it has identified the principal hacker who earlier this year stole unreleased materials from THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN which were then distributed on the internet.”
“Civil actions in the United States and Argentina name Daiana Santia, along with others, as being involved in stealing photographs, unfinished images and video from both parts of the yet to be released THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN which first appeared on the internet of March 31 of this year. Criminal action in Argentina has also been filed.”
“The investigation, which utilized the services of Kroll Inc. and the law firm of Keats McFarland & Wilson LLP, spanned four continents (North America, South America, Europe and Australia) and has led to the town of Posadas in northern Argentina. It is believed that others may also be involved in the crime and thus the investigation is on-going.”
“While we very much appreciate the legions of committed fans of the franchise and encourage them to create community online, we cannot ignore that property was stolen,” said David C. Friedman, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Summit Entertainment. “It is not fair to the majority of fans that want to see the final chapter of the TWILIGHT SAGA film franchise fully realized by the filmmaker and dedicated cast and crew to have these images out and available on the Internet.”
Civil and criminal actions! What are your thoughts on the leaked photos and Summit’s legal actions?
MTV News’ interview with Rob back in April on the leaked photos after the break!55 Comments
We previously posted the Breaking Dawn Part 1 poster that was given out to fans at the Summit Entertainment booth at Comic-Con. Here’s it is in HQ!
I want! Carlisle looks much better here.82 Comments
Kellan Lutz, Nikki Reed, Julia Jones Ashley Greene & Elizabeth Reaser At The Summit Entertainment Comic-Con After Party
Kellan Lutz, Nikki Reed, Julia Jones, Ashley Greene & Elizabeth Reaser attended the Summit Entertainment Comic-Con after party at the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego on July 21st.
They all look great! Too much hotness at the after party! Other non Twilight vampires Alexander Skasgard and Ryan Kwanten from True Blood were there too!
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Entertainment Weekly listed Breaking Dawn Part 1 and Abduction in their 20 Hot Movies at Comic-Con! Plus a new still of Taylor Lautner and Lily Collins in Abduction!
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1Bill Condon has never been to Comic-Con, nor has he ever seen for himself what can happen when Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner get in a room with thousands of screaming fans. ”It sounds insane! It sounds exciting,” he laughs. Comic-Con-bound Twihards can expect some never-before-seen clips from the highly anticipated penultimate chapter of The Twilight Saga — ”I’m trying to figure that out now,” says Condon. ‘It’s a bit of a challenge ’cause we don’t want to give away the wedding dress, and some of the other big action scenes have wolves that won’t be ready in time” — in addition to a Q&A with the stars and the director. (Nov. 18, 2011)
Abduction”It’s a movie for everyone,” promises Taylor Lautner (pictured, with Lily Collins) of this thriller, in which he plays a high school senior who finds a picture of himself on a missing-persons website and sets out to learn his true identity. ”It’s not only got action, but it’s also a mystery with a lot of cool twists and turns, and romance, too.” This will be the 19-year-old’s third trip to Comic-Con, and the self-proclaimed superhero fan (”Iron Man is one of my favorite movies”) says he’d enjoy walking around the convention and checking out the other attractions — if he could. ”We’ve definitely talked and laughed about it: What if we put on a wig and prosthetics and went for it?” he laughs. ”But in the end, we’re too chicken.” (Sept. 23, 2011)
Here are some photos of Summit Entertainment’s booth for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 at the Exhibit Hall at Comic-Con’s Preview Night! Summit passed out Breaking Dawn merchandise as well!
I love the save the date magnet! What scene is that on the TV? Gah! I wish I was there! Have fun all the fans at Comic-Con!38 Comments
On November 18, 2011 – “Forever is only the beginning” #BreakingDawnPart1 http://www.YouTube.com/Twilight
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Entertainment Weekly ‘Breaking Dawn’ Covers With Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart & Taylor Lautner! Plus New ‘Breaking Dawn’ Stills!
Esme (Elizabeth Reaser) greets members of the Denali (from left, Maggie Grace, Casey LaBow and MyAnna Buring) at Bella and Edward’s wedding.
Bella enjoys ”morning-after” eggs courtesy of new husband Edward on Isle Esme. ”I like the honeymoon scenes,” Robert Pattinson says, ”because it’s such a massive turnaround in Edward and Bella’s relationship.”
Jacob receives his invitation to the wedding. ”He’s still getting over losing out on Bella,” says Taylor Lautner. ”By the end he’s able to accept it and deal with it like a man.”
Here they are!! The Entertainment Weekly debuts the covers with Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner!! PLUS NEW Breaking Dawn stills of Esme and the Denali sisters at the wedding! Irina, Kate and TANYA!!! Jacob running!!! Bella eating the ‘morning after’ eggs with Edward on their honeymoon! AHHHH!
More after the break!243 Comments