This, unlike some things I might possibly blog about today, is not a joke. I don’t intended to pull wool over your eyes this April 1st, because I don’t have enough ‘net sway to make a really effective joke. All I’d be doing is either making something up or re-reporting something someone else was making up. I’m going to try not to do that. I’m going to try to pull the actual news out of the day.
Which is bad news for 20th Century Fox, because the rumors that started flying last night about a workprint of X-Men Origins: Wolverine leaking online seems to be true…
A high-quality, full-length version of what is being
touted as a workprint version of X-Men Origins: Wolverine has leaked
online and is available for download on several bittorrent sites this
morning. The bootleg copy is said to be a DVD-quality version of 20th
Century Fox’s summer tentpole without a timecode or studio watermark,
though it is also being described many places as an “early version” of
the movie with some effects shots unfinished.
So, what does this mean? Does this mean that I’m not posting the
link to the torrent file? Yes. Does it mean that 20th Century Fox is
probably already in the equivalent of their “war room” deciding what
they are going to do about it? Yes.
Will they try to push the release day forward (May 1st, a month from
today, was the film’s anticipated release) and rush a few shots towards
the end? Will they start trying to counter-act the torrent’s publicity?
Either way would this affect the movie's opening? Or would it be even better?
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