Movie bosses are so desperate to protect Bridget Jones: THE EDGE OF REASON from being pirated, they've hired a top American security firm.

Studio heads at British company WORKING TITLE are concerned the highly-anticipated sequel will have its box-office performance dented if it's leaked onto the black market.

And Working Title - who are still reeling from the poor performance of Thunderbirds earlier this summer (04) - have hired protection specialists KROLL after learning a $10.8 million (GBP6 million) bounty has been offered by pirates for a print of the film.

An insider says, "It is a case of panic stations. Working Title doesn't want anything to jeopardise the film's release in November (04)."

29/08/2004 14:52