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Wednesday, 1 April 2009

X-Men Origins: Wolverine has leaked onto the Web.

Pity the poor mutant known as Wolverine. He gets adamantium painfully bonded to his skeleton, his memory ripped to shreds, there is never a time to rest due to the numerous appearances in pretty much every comic book going. Things were looking up with his very own film X-Men Origins: Wolverine where the man known as Hugh Jackman would portray him through the years. Sure there were lots of other mutants involved with the Merc with a Mouth, Deadpool getting the spotlight in recent months, but at least it would mean people would get to see the old Canucklehead on the big screen.

Yep, things were looking up...until some blurt leaked a near DVD quality workprint of the film online. A month before the release date. That is quite a major security leak.

Now at first you may be thinking, "Cool, go, go, gadget BitComet!" However, think about it. Almost the completed version, minus a few effects here and a lack of reshoots there (the 106 minute runtime is almost 20 minutes shorter than the final cut), has been leaked onto the web and it looks like it will be a tough one to trace. If you are a fan of Wolverine and comic book movies then you want to see it as soon as possible, yet if we all go around downloading it (which we all know is illegal) and watching it then this could have a major knock on effect at the box office which could result in no sequel as the first did not make enough money.

That is a worst case scenario. As it is not the finished cut it could also result in bad word of mouth which again impacts the box office.

On the other hand, films like Taken, that have been out over here for months, make their way online yet the their box office take in the US is still nice and healthy.

It is a tricky one isn't it. For me, I want to see the Wolverine film on the big screen with the full cut. Even if it is not a great film, going to see it at the cinema makes it more likely that we will see a sequel (hopefully set in Japan or showing that Mark Millar storyline when Logan is brainwashed by HYDRA and attacks the heroes) and, even better, a proper Deadpool film.

What do you think of the leak? Will it have a negative impact on the box office?

Leave a comment on this post below.



pamela fruendt said...

i want that link.

Pat said...

it wont effect the release that much. the fans that want to see the movie will go and see it in cinemas anyway. the people that watch movies online/download films or rely on pirate copies wouldnt see the flick in cinemas anyway. doesnt matter if its a month early workprint or a 2 day old cam release.

pamela fruendt said...

not completely true. there are some of us crazy people out there that would want to see that copy tonight and would still see the film in the theatres...as much as i love my sony 42" bravia 1080p it doesn't come close to the big screen. seeing a film in the theatre is magic.