Earlier this year, 20th Century Fox received a major blow when their upcoming release X-Men: Origins: Wolverine leaked onto the internet. Not only was there a copy out there for everyone to see, but it was an unfinished version that lacked major special effects. According to CNET, the FBI has finally made an arrest in the longstanding case.
According to reports. the FBI arrested Gilberto Sanchez, 47, in the Bronx, New York on Wednesday morning for his involvement with the Wolverine leak. He’s been accused of uploading the film to the file-sharing network Megaupload.com under one of his online aliases. When the movie went public last spring, it was watched more than 4.1 million times, which terrified the studio.
“If convicted, Sanchez faces up to three years in prison and a $250,000 fine or twice the gross gain or gross loss attributable to the offense, whichever is greater.”
At the moment, the FBI’s case doesn’t state that Sanchez was the source of the leak, but a part of it’s distribution. Whoever initially released the film has yet to be caught, and the studio says they’ll do everything they can to help law officials bring the criminal(s) to justice.
Even though Wolverine was the victim of piracy, it still managed to have a great opening weekend, and earned back its budget and then some. A few people saw the leak as a great “marketing” tool to get viewers interested in seeing the real thing. Either way, with or without effects the movie still sucked. There’s no amount of special effects that could distract viewers from the bad script and questionable acting.
It’s great that the studio is making moves in this case, but they shouldn’t at like Wolverine was a comic version of Gone with the Wind, because it wasn’t.
What do you think about the FBI’s arrest in the Wolverine case?