Script Leak Won't Delay <i>Avengers</i>

Although a weekend report contended production had been halted on The Avengers following the leak of a shooting script, Marvel insists the ensemble project is moving forward as planned.

"Filming for The Avengers is active, on schedule and going well," a studio representative tells TheWrap.

Star Chris Hemsworth confirmed there were no production delays, telling The Wall Street Journal's Speakeasy blog, "I haven’t received any phone calls about it. My start date is still the same. I think it was a pretty old script, though. I got off the plane the other day and I found that out, but I know that script changed a lot, so it’s not the most recent version of it anyway."

Last week Obsessed With Film and other movie websites were contacted by an anonymous source looking to "negotiate terms" for a 129-page shooting script. Asked for proof, the source sent photos of some of the pages, all bearing enormous “SAMUEL L. JACKSON” watermarks and suggesting a scene presumably set on the damaged S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier.

The theft of the script reportedly didn't occur in occur in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where The Avengers is filming, but instead while Jackson was last in Burbank.

Directed by Joss Whedon, The Avengers stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Clark Gregg, and Samuel L. Jackson, who should probably keep a better eye on his script. It opens on May 4, 2012.

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