Summit Entertainment, the company behind ‘Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn’, has announced that they have identified the principal hacker who earlier this year stole unreleased materials from the upcoming vampire film and then distributed them on the Internet.
On March 31, 2011, stolen photographs, unfinished images and video from both parts of the yet to be released film appeared on the internet. Civil actions in the United States and Argentina have named Daiana Santia, along with others, as being involved in the crime. A criminal action has also been filed in Argentina.
When the stolen materials first appeared this statement was issued. “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 ensuing investigation spanned four continents including North America, South America, Europe and Australia, and has led to the Argentinian town of Posadas where others besides Santia are also believed to have been involved.
‘Twilight’ is based on the young adult novel series from best-selling author Stephanie Meyer which includes ‘Twilight’ (2005), ‘New Moon’ (2006), ‘Eclipse’ (2007) and ‘Breaking Dawn’ (2008). Three film adaptations have already been released: ‘Twilight’ (2008), ‘The Twilight Saga: New Moon’ (2009) and ‘The Twilight Saga: Eclipse’ (2010). ‘The Twilight Saga: The Breaking Dawn Part One’ is set to open in theaters on November 18, 2011 with ‘Part Two’ coming to theaters on November 16, 2012.