Earlier this month, Summit Entertainment and the producers of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 issued a statement asking fans not to view leaked photos from The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2. It seems that at the same time the statement was made, Summit Entertainment filed a lawsuit against those who spread the photos across the internet.
The lawsuit was filed against 10 "John Does," so the studio could issue subpoenas to determine the identities of those who leaked the photos. The photos were distributed via anonymous Twitter users, which spread to various online websites. Here's the original statement released by Summit Entertainment, author Stephenie Meyer, director Bill Condon, and producer Wyck Godfrey on April 1.
"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.
It isn't known yet if Summit Entertainment actually did identify those who leaked the photos.