‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’ Pirate Sentenced To A Year In Prison, Film’s Director Gavin Hood Still Goes Unpunished

'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' Pirate Sentenced To A Year In Prison, Film's Director Gavin Hood Still Goes Unpunished

Piracy and bootlegging is, obviously, a major problem for the film industry, as it has been since the invention of the VHS. But in a day and age when everyone and their mom knows how to torrent, and seemingly don’t mind watching terrible-quality DivXs shot on a constantly-shaking camera phone, it’s more prevalent than ever. The absolute nightmare scenario, however, would be a film leaking weeks ahead of its release, and in a relatively pristine copy ripped from a DVD. And that’s exactly what happened two years ago with “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” in the worst blow to hit 20th Century Fox’s superhero franchise since someone greenlit “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.” 

The mutant sequel was still a month away from release when a near-finished workprint, differing slightly from the final cut and missing a few effects, spread around the internet, allowing fans to be disappointed by the terrible film a full month in advance. It might not have seemed to have hurt the box office too much (the film took nearly $400 million worldwide, making it the third-biggest-grossing in the series), but Fox were out for blood, and 49-year-old Bronx resident Gilberto Sanchez was arrested by the FBI for having been the man who uploaded the workprint to the web. Causing the investigating officers to watch “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” probably didn’t put them in a better mood, to be honest.

It’s still unclear exactly how he obtained the copy (which must have been leaked/lost/stolen by or from someone working on the project), but we’re not sure it matters; Sanchez, who had a previous conviction for a similar crime, has been sentenced by United States District Judge Margaret M. Morrow to a year in federal prison. Although we suppose there’s a bright side to this; being in federal prison means there’s very little chance of Sanchez having to watch “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” again for a whole year.

This is clearly meant to set an example, although whether it has any luck at that is questionable; really, Fox should have looked at their own leaky ship as to how the print ended up on the outside, and there’s not a lot of sign of them doing that. The most depressing thing out of this whole story? “The Wolverine” hits theaters in 2013. [Deadline]

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Comments

Brandon

Please sir….. Can I have some more?

Scribe

Hood unpunished!!! Holy shit i almost fell over in my chair when i read that. Nice one oli

Wash

Well, no wonder Playlist didn't like X-Men Origins: Wolverine; it didn't have Ryan Gosling in it.

Brandon

Jesus Christ. Was this an article about someone going to prison or how much you hate this movie. Granted it wasn't that good but terrible? Come on, that's a little extreme. There is a lot worse out there. B- or maybe even a C but a F. At least this movie had good actors and decent acting in it. Why don't you keep the movie bashing to a minimum when your writing an article about someone going to jail for ripping off the film.

James

Better watch your back Fish! Squirrel Master ain't gonna be there for you all the time. Next time I come for you, I'm gonna want some cocktail… FRUIT!

caro

the guy also uploaded the Miley Cyrus

Rob Newhouse

The trick is, kick someone's ass the first day, or become someone's bi*ch.

James Logan Howlett

OK, we get it. You don't like the Wolverine franchise.

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