Fourth Estate Staff
Hollywood, CA, United States (4E) – Online pirates threatened to release the new “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” if Disney will not pay a massive amount of bitcoins.
The new flick, which is the fifth installment of the franchise, will be released in theaters this May 26. Hackers claim they stole the movie and will release it if they ransom will not be paid. Disney is said to be working with the FBI now and they will not pay the ransom.
Walt Disney Co. Chief Executive Bob Iger said in a statement that the hackers demanded to release parts of it until the demand is met. Iger did not name the movie but an insider said that the movie Iger pertained to is the new Disney flick starring Johnny Depp.
If the claim of the hackers is true, it will greatly affect the success of the movie since the previous four installments in the franchise have seen huge success. All the films grossed around $3.73 billion in total worldwide.
Weeks ago, hackers also stole the latest season of “Orange is the New Black.” The hackers leaked episodes of the Netflix show’s new season as the company did not meet the demands of the online pirates.
In other news regarding the flick, Paul McCartney took to Twitter to confirm that he will be part of the upcoming “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.” The 74-year-old posted a poster of himself for the movie on his Twitter account. In the snap, he wore a long unkempt hair, a pirate hat and had a pack of cards in his hands.
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