Walt Disney CEO Bog Iger revealed that it is a definite possibly that hackers may have stolen access to an unreleased Disney movie, rumored to be the new ‘Pirates of the Caribean’ movie, according to the Daily Mail.
The hackers are apparently demanding a ransom in exchange for not releasing the movie.
Although Iger did not quite reveal which film it was that was stolen, Deadline reported that it’s ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,’ which isn’t set to open until late May. It is expected to be a big blockbuster hit, as the Pirates movies are generally really popular family movies.
The Daily Mail reports:
Iger did not say which film is being threatened for release, but Deadline reported that it’s ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,’ which is set to open in theaters on May 26.
The movie is the fifth in the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ franchise, and the film series has made about $3.72 billion since it first launched in 2003.
Iger reportedly said that the hackers are threatening to release the first five minutes of the film if their demands are not met, and then the rest in 20-minute segments until they are paid.
The final sum they are demanding is unknown, but Iger said they have asked that a large amount be paid in Bitcoin.
While relatively unprecedented, holding an unreleased movie or TV show for ransom has been done before.
Just a few weeks ago, 10 episodes of the new season of ‘Orange is the New Black’ – originally intended to launch on June 9 – were posted on ‘The Pirate Bay.’ Netflix had refused to pay an undisclosed ransom price.
Twitter user ‘thedarkoverlord’ claimed responsibility for the release.
‘Who is next on the list?’ the unidentified person wrote in a tweet. ‘FOX, IFC, NAT GEO, and ABC. Oh, what fun we’re all going to have. We’re not playing any games anymore.’
Disney is currently working with federal investigators and has said it will not pay the ransom.