‘Wolverine’ premiere may be in your town, or on your computer

April 05, 2009 | 2:45 p.m.

Wow, what is going to happen when “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” hits theaters on May 1?

More than 100,000 downloads of a nearly finished version of the film were snatched off of file-sharing websites this week after a copy of such a version of the 20th Century Fox film was leaked. The FBI is investigating and, believe me, the studio was badly rattled by the theft — this film, on paper, looked like it could be one of the biggest releases of 2009 but it has been encountering considerable turbulence for a movie still sitting on the runway.

First, there were rumors of late re-shoots (suggesting that director Gavin Hood was scrambling to correct missteps or make up for missed moments) and the whispers were so nagging that star Hugh Jackman took the unusual move of approaching the fan press in a gesture of rumor-control (or, for you cynics, a measure of damage-control).

Jackman has been nothing but a gamer when it comes to this film. The famously likable star has been an enthusiastic ambassador for the project all the way back to Comic-Con International (and it’s no surprise, since he is a producer on the film as well as leading man). This week he was the voice of the movie once again, this time announcing a pretty cool contest that has been stirring considerable fan interest already. Check out this video:

You can read more about the contest right here.

So I can think of a half-dozen reasons the movie could end up as a big May hit (fanboys love the character and Jackman in the role, the star is popular beyond the niche comics crowd, there’s a pretty snappy trailer, there’s a good cast and a gee-whiz factor of seeing Gambit on the screen…) but I can  think of just as many reasons that it might disappoint (not least among them the brand-deflation caused by Brett Ratner’s groaning finale to the otherwise sublime “X-Men” franchise). There are a lot of fanboy movies that look like dead-bang hits this year (“Star Trek,” “Terminator Salvation,” the sixth “Harry Potter” film and “Avatar” spring to mind) but I get the feeling that “Wolverine” will have to claw its way to the top the hard way.

— Geoff Boucher


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3 Responses to ‘Wolverine’ premiere may be in your town, or on your computer

  1. Aaron says:

    I hate that the movie got leaked on the net, what's with these studio editors and producers? They need guards with UZI's outside where this stuff is being edited in a room impenetrable that blocks transmission in/out, no network access, like the Mission Impossible 1 CIA computer room, come on, now I can't help but think I'll be watching this in the theaters May 1 and will have in the back of my head "this got leaked on the web", OVERHAUL YOUR SECURITY PEOPLE!!! COME ON!!!

  2. Major Variola (ret) says:

    No tears for movie makers.
    And by the way, welcome to the future.
    All your pixels are belong to us.

  3. Jammit says:

    One one hand I think well yeah…. IF they do a decent product that is worthy of patronage, so be it.
    But on the other hand – they are selling a lie.
    According to the biblically brainwashed – it's demonic; which is always good for a laugh.
    But the more relevant points are that there is a whole heap of really unhealthy marketing spin going along with the product.
    Coke doesn't add life – it rots your teeth and gives you diabetes.
    Kids are groomed to be neurotic little "me too" consumers – because they have the latest and greatest "In Thing" – so everyone else has to be like them and have the paraphenalia too.
    Then you have all the in-movie product placements…
    And the list goes on and on and on – all the spin, the hype and marketing.
    And when it ever comes on TV., it will be milked for all it's worth – by rudely interrupting the adds with little movie breaks.
    And when it gets to the DVD shop – it will be region encoded, to stop me from buying it on DVD in the states at 1/2 the price it comes out in Australia.
    As for his whining about internet piracy – that is a scam too; the figures are rigged by the movie studios.
    All the downloaders – chances are they wouldn't have gone to see it at the cinemas in the first place….. so where's the loss?
    So while Hugh Jackman's heart bleeds, about the consumers being as justifiably unethical as the movie studios – I say, "I don't have much time for him and his industries crap".

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