Fox, FBI chase online leak of 'Wolverine'
Empty20th Century Fox's "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" made an unauthorized debut online Tuesday, even though the film isn't set for U.S. release until May 1.
Although Web sites described the illegal download as a nearly complete, high-quality copy, the studio said Wednesday that it had missing and unedited scenes, missing effects and temporary sound and music.
The studio issued a statement saying, "We immediately contacted the appropriate authorities and had it removed," though once a film begins circulating online, it can be difficult to stamp it out.
Because of forensic marks, the studio said it would be able to determine the source of the leak, though it did not immediately disclose it, saying: "The FBI and the MPAA also are actively investigating this crime. We are encouraged by the support of fansites condemning this illegal posting."
"Wolverine," a spinoff of the Fox/Marvel "X-Men" franchise, stars Hugh Jackman and is directed by Gavin Hood. Its international rollout kicks off April 28, and it will have opened in most territories worldwide by May 1. (partialdiff)