Friday, April 03, 2009
Fox chairman says leaked 'Wolverine' is an 'unfinished version' and 'a complete misrepresentation of the film'
Posted by JPX
From ew, Before he even opened the e-mail he received at around 7 p.m. on Tuesday night, Tom Rothman, chairman of Twentieth Century Fox, knew it contained the news he'd dreaded most: An outdated copy X-Men Origins: Wolverine, the big summer tentpole movie that the studio had spent "hundreds of millions of dollars" to make, had been put up on the Internet in its entirety for fans to download at will. It was every studio chief's worst nightmare. "The version that went out is unfinished. It's about 10 minutes shorter, doesn't have key scenes, it wasn't edited, and none of the effects shots were in any remotely final form," Rothman tells EW. "It's a complete misrepresentation of the film and is deeply unfair to the people who have worked on it for years."
Rothman says Fox and the FBI are zeroing in on the culprits and he feels confident that they'll be able to name the perpetrators soon. Although early reports named Rising Sun Pictures, an Australian special effects house that worked on the movie, as a possible suspect due to a watermark with their logo that appeared on parts of the bootlegged copy, Rising Sun contacted EW this evening and denied any wrongdoing. "We worked on individual sections of the film and Rising Sun Pictures or its staff members have never been in possession of a complete version," said Rising Sun chairman Tony Clark in a statement. "It's common practice for work in progress between us and the production to carry vendor watermarks and for these to be integrated into various edits of the film for screenings, which would explain why our name appears."
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