Hackers are reportedly holding ‘Pirates of the Caribbean – Dead Men Tell No Tales’ hostage.
Online pirates who claim to have the unreleased action flick in their possession are threatening to leak it unless Disney pays up, according to Deadline. The hackers have demanded an “enormous amount” of money via an online currency called Bitcoin, and will release the movie in increments until the ransom is met.
The publication reports that the FBI is involved in the investigation, and Disney has no plans to concede to the requests.
E! News has reached out to the studio for comment, but CEO Bob Iger allegedly briefed ABC employees on the incident on Monday, but did not confirm ‘Pirates’ is the film at risk.
The fifth instalment of the highly-anticipated franchise stars Javier Bardem as the villain opposite Captain Jack Sparrow’s Johnny Depp. Other ‘Pirates’ favourites set to return include Orlando Bloom as Will Turner, Keira Knightly as Elizabeth Swann and Geoffrey Rush as Captain Hector Barbossa.
Shanghai Disney Resort hosted the movie’s world premiere, followed by another star-studded event in Paris and the US premiere in Los Angeles on Thursday.
Director Joachim Ronning squashed rumours that ‘Dead Men Tell No Tales’ would be franchise’s last, teasing to Cinema Blend, “This is the beginning of the finale but I don’t know if it’s the last one, or if they’ll make another 10 of them. I don’t know! But I hope so!” ‘Pirates of the Caribbean – Dead Men Tell No Tales’ premieres nationwide May 26.