Aug 2, 2011 10:10 AM
Don't mess with Twilight.
Summit Entertainment just made that loud and clear. The production company announced Monday that they have taken legal action against the individuals allegedly responsible for leaking Breaking Dawn photos in March.
While the investigation is ongoing, Summit believes the leak came from Posadas, Argentina, and Daiana Santia is being singled out as one of the members of a group believed to have stolen footage of the film.
The international investigation has led to civil charges being field in the United States and Argentina, and criminal charges in Santia's home country.
David Friedman, Summit Entertainment's Executive VP and general counsel, said in the press release:
- â€œWhile 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. 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.â€
Even though studios are generally upset when photos and footage are leaked, few go as far as Summit has and pursued legal action. But part of the appeal of Twilight is seeing how true the movies stay to the book, so the turn of events makes sense.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 will hit theaters November 18, while Part 2 is set for a November 16, 2012, release.
How does star vampire Robert Pattinson feel about the ordeal? Find out ... after the jump.
Photo: Summit Entertainment
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