09/02/2004 AT 2:00 PM ET
Wanted: A perfect copy of Edge of Reason, the Bridget Jones movie sequel starring Renée Zellweger.
The bounty price offered by prospective film pirates? $10 million.
At least those are the reports out of Britain, where the film was produced, prompting the BBC to ask the movie’s studio, Working Title, if the stories are true.
“We are aware that significant sums of money are being offered for any early material on the movie,” says a spokesman.
Edge of Reason, due to be released this fall, is the follow-up to Bridget Jones’s Diary, based on Helen Fielding’s bestselling novel of a working girl who can’t find Mr. Right, let alone the right job. The sequel’s story picks up a month after the original’s ended.
As the BBC notes, even poorly produced, pirated DVDs of Spider-Man 2 are selling for $18 a pop in the U.K., while movie stats show that pirate DVD seizures in the first half of this year are more than triple what they were last year.
Working Title, which has reportedly enlisted the security firm Kroll to protect the film, went on to say: “Security is something we take very, very seriously. We are looking at all sorts of measures to tackle global piracy.”