I guess you could have guessed that this day would come. A DVD quality workprint of the upcoming Hugh Jackman summer movie “Wolverine,” has leaked on-line at various torrent sites.
The movie is apparently almost completely complete, with just FX shots missing. There is no timecode, no watermark, no nothing. On website says that this is the version of the movie that Fox saw and ordered that scenes be re-shot to improve the film.
What does this release mean? It means that, if people don’t like it, the word will get out quickly. Bad buzz on-line before has sounded the final bell on several films before they even opened. Apparently, the movie is readily available. We won’t bother posting a link. If you know how to get it and want it, you’ll find it.
It still remains to be seen how the studios will react to this major leak. One can assume they’ll crack down, but how hard is the big question. It’s a delicate balance. You still want people to go see the movie. However, if you’re completely vicious to fans who can’t wait and will still be there on opening day, you might loose that fan.
It’s a new quirk in filmmaking. It’ll be interesting to see how things play out over the next couple of days. -Sam