'The Avengers' Halts Production Due to Script Theft

Director Joss Whedon and his crew of mighty Marvel heroes are put on hold as a rewrite of several scenes takes place.

The Avengers halts production
The Avengers halts production
On Wednesday, it was reported that someone had stolen Samuel L. Jackson's shooting script for The Avengers, and that they were trying to sell it to various movie websites and bloggers for a profit (none of which took the bait}.

Word from those close to the Albuquerque, New Mexico set have confirmed today that this script leak has caused the huge production to temporarily shut down while the script pages, many of which showed up in photos on the internet, are rewritten. There are other reasons for this indefinite halt in production, but those particular reasons weren't offered at this time.

The pages that made it onto the Internet detailed a scene where Hulk transforms in front of Black Widow while Iron Man and Captain America run around a large boiler room. These scenes will now be altered.

The theft of Samuel L. Jackson's shooting script did not occur in Albuquerque, but it was instead swiped while the actor was last in Burbank, California. There is no word yet on when filming of The Avengers will resume.

Marvel's The Avengers was released May 4th, 2012 and stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Clark Gregg. The film is directed by Joss Whedon.



Sources: Film Fan Review

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Comments (39)

  1. Nautical

    HAHAHA DOOMED FROM THE START I TELL YOU!!!! DOOMED!!!!

    4 years agoby @nautical05Flag

  2. Sean

    @writer220
    They should of done that with the Avengers script, and the fact that they didn't do that, goes to show the major idiocy going on there. I hope that the script is found and taken back to who is supposed to be in possession of it very very soon. I would hate to see this movie not happen, i hope that the script will be found and that the production will go back into the production of The Avengers movie.

    4 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  3. J.P.

    @writer220 Yeah. They did that with Spidey and on top of that, they used coded name for all of the characters in the script like Mr. Blue. This worked great and helped Sony find who was leaking what.

    4 years agoby @jptheredskullFlag

  4. Justhim_sir

    stealing scripts how lame.

    4 years agoby @justhim-sirFlag

  5. Writer220

    There should be two scripts, one fake and the other real so that way it could be interchangeable if one was stolen.

    4 years agoby @writer220Flag

  6. Furankisan

    There are so many stories and sequences to be told from the Avengers series that a rewrite would not jeopardize the storyline. Re-write, redo storyboards and re-apply SFX budget to new scenes. No problem. Time could be the problem cause the competition from DC (if u wanna call it that).
    PS Saw Thor....and they want a sequel? All I have to say i one thing: If Kenneth DOES NOT direct the second one there is no justice in Hollywood. If it ain't broke don't fix it.....
    THOR: 4 out of 5...

    4 years agoby @furankisanFlag

  7. Zak Lee Ferguson

    This is just ridiculous now theres going to be some damn awful rewrites, and this was a man piece, the Thor Versus Hulk Sequence.

    4 years agoby @Zak-Lee-FergusonFlag

  8. Brizzy

    @themoviefanatic Agreed.

    4 years agoby @BrizzyFlag

  9. account-closed

    @thedarkknight23 Oh yeah. Here is what Gary Oldman said regarding the security of the script

    "To get into the production office you have someone meet and there's key in various doors that lock. The script you read in the production office and there's no ending to script,"

    "He tells you the ending so it doesn't leak and get out and people spoil it on the Internet. It's very tight security."

    4 years agoby @account-closedFlag

  10. Sean

    I hope they find the person or people who stole the script, and put them in jail for a very very long time.

    4 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  11. SomethingMore

    Wow.....Already bad luck for avengers

    4 years agoby @SomethingMoreFlag

  12. Christopher Harvey

    Release the name so we can go and kick their ass!

    4 years agoby @Christopher-HarveyFlag

  13. Monkeyiron 2.0

    and movieweb got the pics to prove it......................they are totally sued

    4 years agoby @Monkey-ironFlag

  14. Salem6777

    bullsh*t!

    4 years agoby @Salem6777Flag

  15. skywise

    This is not good. hopefully Sam wasnt in that many scenes so they wont have to do too many rewrites.

    4 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  16. Bane5000

    @Brizzy...thats what ive been hearing from people on here from overseas who have sen it already, i cant wait, have u seen the images from the Thor art book from the movie, the concept art they show are awesome

    4 years agoby @bane5000Flag

  17. Brizzy

    @bane5000 Thor was AMAZING! Just thought I'd let ya know.

    4 years agoby @BrizzyFlag

  18. Bane5000

    My only concern at the moment is to see Thor and Cap movies, ill wait till we get further into production and get comfirmed news and images on whether The Avengers is looking good or not

    4 years agoby @bane5000Flag

  19. Furankisan

    That's funny...sounds more like an excuse to revamp the production and blame it on a stolen script. Yeah right.

    4 years agoby @furankisanFlag

  20. Superman81

    Im sure they are using this as an excuse just to rewrite the lame ass script. But maybe this will make the movie better

    4 years agoby @superman81Flag

  21. Dan

    @thedarkknight23 Agreed. That will NOT be known until the movie comes out, I'm betting.

    4 years agoby @dan1Flag

  22. Ensigndesign

    I want to read it.

    4 years agoby @ensigndesignFlag

  23. The Dark Knight

    The Dark Knight Rises script will not see the light of day I guarantee you that. That script is the most protected thing on their set. Last time they had private security men out side of the actors houses when they first go to see the script.

    4 years agoby @thedarkknight23Flag

  24. MovieManiac

    I f*cking hate when douchebags decide to ruin movies by leaking scripts onto the internet. What's the ponit?

    4 years agoby @moviemaniac66Flag

  25. thedude-abides

    Just imagine if this movie were going to be any good. I mean, could you imagine if it were the script of TDKR?

    4 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  26. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Not his fault it's gone. It's the security who is to blame

    4 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  27. Chris

    Well that sucks

    4 years agoby @unknown21Flag

  28. Worth5Bucks

    NOOOOOO

    4 years agoby @mattbierwagenFlag

  29. Dan

    Movieweb forgot to mention those scenes were to take place on the Helicarrier :)

    4 years agoby @dan1Flag