The folks at 20th Century Fox have offered up a peace offering to the internet this morning with a brand new internet-only trailer for X-Men Origins: Wolverine that debuted over on Apple. The action-packed trailer comes mere weeks before the official release of the film on May 1st. As you may already know, a workprint of the film was leaked onto the internet and has since been downloaded over a million times. That means a million people have seen the version of the movie that is sans effects and, at least according to Fox’s CEO Tom Rothman, without the footage from reshoots.
Though of course, there’s a bunch of hubbub about that as well. Earlier this week the Huffington Post‘s Scott Mendelson wrote about catching Rothman in a lie about Wolverine’s running time. When the leak happened, Rothman claimed that fans weren’t seeing the finished product (obviously), but that it went deeper than special effects and temporary soundtrack. In addition, there was 10 minutes of additional footage that was yet to be included in the film. Though according to HuffPo, the running time on the workprint and the film’s official running time on the movie are identical, both clocking in at 107 minutes. This forced MovieLine to get the following quote from an unnamed studio source:
“It’s lunacy. When the workprint was uploaded and pirated, the final cut of the movie wasn’t done. The music was temporary, the sound was temporary, the effects weren’t in place, there was still wirework, the footage that was shot wasn’t integrated. What [Rothman] said to EW was that there was about ten minutes of [new] footage, so I don’t know if Mendelson is just comparing apples to apples.”
Moral of the story: if you downloaded and watched the workprint online, you didn’t see the movie that will end up in theaters in a few weeks. But we already knew that, didn’t we. In the end I believe that you should heed the warning delivered by Hugh Jackman as Wolverine in the final moments of the trailer below… should you pirate, he may cut your damn head off.
X-Men Origins: Wolverine hits theaters May 1, 2009. It is directed by Gavin Hood and stars Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, Will.i.Am, Danny Huston and Lynn Collins.