Leonardo DiCaprio, Ryan Gosling and George Clooney feature in hacked Sony e-mails

British director Sam Mendes (right) and actor Daniel Craig (left) pose during an event to launch the 24th James Bond film Spectre at Pinewood Studios at Iver Heath in Buckinghamshire, west of London, on Dec 4, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
British director Sam Mendes (right) and actor Daniel Craig (left) pose during an event to launch the 24th James Bond film Spectre at Pinewood Studios at Iver Heath in Buckinghamshire, west of London, on Dec 4, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Actor Ryan Gosling (left) and director Derek Cianfrance in New York, on March 10, 2013. -- PHOTO: NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SYNDICATE
Actor Ryan Gosling (left) and director Derek Cianfrance in New York, on March 10, 2013. -- PHOTO: NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SYNDICATE
US actor George Clooney smiles as he arrives by taxi boat to the venue of a gala dinner ahead of his official wedding ceremony in Venice in this Sept 27, 2014, file photo. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
US actor George Clooney smiles as he arrives by taxi boat to the venue of a gala dinner ahead of his official wedding ceremony in Venice in this Sept 27, 2014, file photo. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
US actor and UN Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio speaks during the Climate Summit at United Nations Headquarters in New York, in this Sept 23, 2014, file photo. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
US actor and UN Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio speaks during the Climate Summit at United Nations Headquarters in New York, in this Sept 23, 2014, file photo. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LOS ANGELES - Another day comes with more revelations about the data stolen following the cyber-attack on Sony Pictures' computers last month, and they are about the next James Bond film Spectre, and three Hollywood's leading men, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ryan Gosling and George Clooney.

SPECTRE DETAILS UNVEILED

Producers said they learnt on Saturday that an early version of the Spectre script was among material stolen and made public by the hackers.

"Eon Productions is concerned that third parties who have received the stolen screenplay may seek to publish it or its contents," Eon said in a statement, warning that the script is protected by British copyright laws.

While filming has begun on the movie, for release next November, plot details so far have been kept under wraps.

Leaked e-mails seen by CNN revealed that Spectre, to be distributed by MGM and Sony, will be the most expensive in the franchise, with costs of about US$300 million (S$394 million).

In e-mails, the president of MGM Studios, Mr Jonathan Glickman, tried to press producer Barbara Broccoli to cut costs as the budget would exceed last instalment Skyfall's by US$50 million. But Ms Broccoli balked at compromising, and Ms Amy Pascal, head of Sony Pictures Entertainment, wrote that the movie would go over-budget with no script.

LEONARDO DICAPRIO SLAMMED AFTER PULLING OUT OF FILM

"Horrible behaviour," Mr Mark Gordon, producer of the Steve Jobs biopic which Sony later dropped, wrote to Ms Pascal in September after DiCaprio pulled out of the project. Ms Pascal, revealing that DiCaprio had changed his mind about the film about the Apple founder, responded, "Actually despicable." These are allegedly in emails discovered by news website The Daily Beast.

GEORGE CLOONEY ANXIOUS ABOUT THE MONUMENTS MEN

Also from the Daily Beast discovery: Clooney, who produced, wrote and directed The Monuments Men, was deeply unsure of the film. He wrote to Ms Pascal last January, a week before the film opened: "I need some protection from all the reviews. Let's just make it a hit. I haven't slept in 30 hours. And it's 7 am." Ms Pascal replied, "We will protect you by making money... that's the best revenge."

He replied the day after: "I adore you Amy. You are literally the only person running a studio that loves film. I fear I've let you all down. Not my intention. I apologise. I've just lost touch.. Who knew? Sorry. I won't do it again."

RYAN GOSLING LOVES PASCAL

Gosling is another of Ms Pascal's fans, the Daily Beast reported. "Ryan absolutely loved you," Gosling's representative Ilene Feldman wrote to Ms Pascal last October. "Said it was like speed dating because he was late after hitting every wrong gate on the lot. He really wants to do something with you."

Ms Pascal learnt that Gosling wanted a lead role in Sony's remake of Ghostbusters, and revealed in an e-mail that the movie's director Paul Feig was set on having Emma Stone and Jennifer Lawrence as the stars. She also tried to slot the actor in for either the Jobs movie, or the Spider-Man spin-off on The Sinister Six.