We’ve resisted the urge to download the leaked version of Wolverine that arrived on the Internet the other day (story here), and thus we won’t we spilling any details of its content until we see the film on the big screen. We’re genuinely keen to see big summer blockbusters on the biggest screen we can find, and we’ve thus been looking forward to checking out Wolverine at our local multiplex. We’re not trying to sound holier than thou or anything, we’re just looking forward to the film a lot.
20th Century Fox is likely, of course, to be utterly unimpressed that its major tentpole comic book movie has leaked onto the Internet, and given how keen the studio is to deliver a strong hit after a disappointing summer last year, it’s understandably going to be keen to stop too many details leaking out. There’s talk that the leak could cost the studio tens of millions of dollars in revenue, after all. Perhaps that too is a reason why other sites haven’t gone through the downloaded file in much detail.
Bizarrely, though, the exception is, er, Fox News. Because, in the mother of all ironies, if you want to find out the contents of Fox’s leaked summer blockbuster, all the details you need are right there on the Fox News site. It’s a well written piece by clearly a very good writer, but surely the last place you’d expect to see a review of a leaked Fox movie that the writer admits he found on the Internet (“let’s hope it’s gone by now”, he helpfully offers) is on a website with a Fox logo on it. It’s not a quick brush over, either. It comes across as a full review.
The bit that we’d imagine will send the parent company into particular raptures is where he writes “Now, I did see Wolverine on a large, wide computer screen, and not in a movie theater, but it could not have played better,” he writes.
Fox, incidentally, released a statement to the website HitFix last night, which read:
“Last night, a stolen, incomplete and early version of X-Men Origins: Wolverine was posted illegally on a website. It was without many effects, had missing and unedited 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 in the past. The FBI and the MPAA also are actively investigating this crime. We are encouraged by the support of fansites condemning 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.”
“Still, this was a workprint and there were about a dozen things not finished. A couple of times it was possible to see the harnesses on the actors. It didn’t take away from the film at all,” says the review, earlier saying, “I was completely riveted to my desk chair in front of my computer.”.You couldn’t make it up…