It’s been an interesting week for 20th Century Fox and its May 1st release, X-Men Origins: Wolverine. As you may know by now, an unfinished workprint of the film was leaked onto the internet. We’ve debated whether we should even mention the leak, as it in turn gets people to search for it, but with the news so widespread we’re pretty sure you’ve heard about it elsewhere by now. We do think, however, that it’s important to post Fox’s official statement on the matter:
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 â€” the courts have handed down significant criminal sentences for such acts. The FBI and MPAA are also actively investigating the 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 fans of the film.
In related news, reports came out last year that director Gavin Hood and Fox Studio head Tom Rothman clashed about the film, but Hood tells Risky Biz Blog that it was never like that. You can watch the video below:
Also, we’ve received the UK Quad and poster for “Wolverine” which you can view here.
Source: Superhero Hype!