Wolverine may be the best at what he does, but can even his beserker rage take on cyber piracy? EW has gotten a news tip that may be a grave misfortune for Fox:According to them, a workprint version of the upcoming May film X-Men Origins: Wolverine has allegedly been leaked, and is making the rounds on some pirating sites.
The story has since been confirmed via a number of sources, and the copy of the film has reportedly been downloaded over 75,000 times.
While many bootleg copies are from earlier editions, and are marred with timecode, studio watermark, and other defects, this copy apparently is a bit more advanced, lacking only a few of the film’s final special effects. Reportedly, the copy of the film has an identifying mark of Rising Sun Pictures, an Australian visual effects company. Whether this means the copy of the film leaked through Rising Sun is not clear.
The problem with this scenario is twofold: (A) it shows there is possibly a large breach in security at Fox, if this DVD-quality bootleg came from them or someone working with the studio on the film, and (B) it could certainly hurt the film if word of mouth starts before the film is even released. (Conversely, if the pirate crowd eats it all up, it’s just going to encourage more pirates to do the same.)
The film is scheduled to be released to the public – in theaters- on May 1.
Those in large cities – give a holler when you see it show up as part of the offerings from the sidewalk vendors.