Mike Fleming

Online leaking of premature footage and piracy has been the bane of filmmakers for years. The latest victims: Summit Entertainment and the creative team behind Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn. They’ve issued a statement about leaked images that have been spreading across the web. The letter is from author Stephenie Meyer, director Bill Condon and producer Wyck Godfrey. Meyer is no stranger to this. She hadn’t finished a side novel she was writing about a Twilight character when it was leaked. Meyer understandably felt so violated she never finished the book. Eventually, she published the prose on her own website for Midnight Sun. Here is their 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.

Sincerely,

Stephenie Meyer, Bill Condon, Wyck Godfrey and Summit Entertainment