Fox said Wednesday that it had the copy of X-Men Origins: Wolverine removed, but copies quickly propagated and continue to appear on several file-sharing Web sites. Fox vowed in a statement that the source of the "stolen, incomplete and early version" of the movie would be prosecuted and said the FBI and MPAA are investigating. The studio also insisted that the version of the film posted online was "was without many effects, had missing and unedited scenes and temporary sound and music," according to the Associated Press.]
X-Men Origins: Wolverine, one of this summer's most highly anticipated films, was leaked online Tuesday in what appears to be a near-finished DVD-quality rip, marred only by a few unfinished effects shots.
According to Drew McWeeny at HitFix.com: "I looked at a random three-minute segment from the middle of the film this afternoon when first told it was online, and there's no timecode, no watermark ... nothing. It's a clean, perfect copy. Someone did that on purpose."
X-Men Origins: Wolverine, directed by by Gavin Hood, stars Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, Ryan Reynolds, Taylor Kitsch, will.i.am, Danny Huston, Dominic Monaghan, Daniel Henney and Lynn Collins.
The movie isn't slated to open until May 1