[This is NOT an April Fool’s post]
Somewhere, somehow X-Men Origins: Wolverine has been leaked online. I will not link to it and personally I do not recommend you go search for it. From what I have read the leak is good quality but the effects are not 100% complete. 20th Century Fox recently sent a notice to Screenrant to remove some images, so they will no doubt go bats*hit over this. While X-Men Origins: Wolverine is my #1 anticipated movie I want to see it on the big screen, not unfinished on my laptop. It’s also not fair on the film makers and everyone involved (regardless of what you think about Fox as a studio).
Update 1: Just spoken to a Fox client. They are going to inform Fox of the leak, if they do not know about it already.
Update 2: Fox know of leak. Operation ‘take down month early leak of our biggest movie this summer’ commencing.
Update 3: From Variety:
Fox execs first heard about the breach at about 7 p.m. last night and began assessing the damage. A Fox source said the leaked version is an early rough cut, with temporary sound and music and a darker appearance than the finished footage.
Fox said they will pursue the breach as aggressively as possible with the help of the MPAA, FBI and local law enforcement.
The studio will be releasing a statement shortly.
Update 4: From HitFlix:
The following statement was sent to us by 20th Century Fox in response to yesterday’s story:
“Last night, a stolen, incomplete and early version of X-Men Origins: Wolverine was posted illegally on websites. It was without many effects and had missing scenes and temporary sound and music. We immediately contacted the appropriate legal authorities and had it removed. We forensically mark our content so we can identify sources that make it available or download it. The source of the initial leak and any subsequent postings will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law – the courts have handed down significant criminal sentences for such acts and the last person who committed such a crime is still in jail. The FBI and the MPAA also are actively investigating this crime. We are encouraged by the support of fansites condemning piracy and this illegal posting and pointing out that such theft undermines the enormous efforts of the filmmakers and actors, and above all, hurts the fans of the film.”