Some are even threatening to boycott Fox films like The Day the Earth Stood Still and, yes, even X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Of course, we know that won’t happen: Come May 1, they’ll be lined up to watch a sideburned Hugh Jackman pop his claws.
But what of the idea proposed by commenters at Comics2Film to hurt Fox by pirating Wolverine? Eh, probably not a very good, or effective, plan.
“It’s hard to imagine a boycott or a digital pirate attack could significantly skewer Wolverine’s prospective box office, even if they did actually come to pass,” writes Hollywood Insider’s Jeff Jensen. “Fanboys are pretty amped for Jackman’s franchise bid — the trailer Fox showed at Comic-Con killed — and a vast majority of geeks probably shy away from doing anything that will rile up a small army of Fox lawyers armed with court orders.”
As I posted earlier this morning, all of this uproar is likely for nothing. Sure, Fox may say it wants to prevent the release of Watchmen, but that’s not necessarily what it means. Money — lots of money — talks.
“The bad news is that it’s going to be an arduous process,” entertainment lawyer Dinah Perez tells Underwire. “The good news is that Fox and Warner Bros. have until March 2009 (Watchmen’s current release date) to figure it out and come to a settlement.”