The irony here is not lost on me.
Apparently, hackers have obtained a copy of the upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, which releases in theaters next week. The hackers are holding the copy ransom and demanding pay from Disney or they will release it “in increments.” Disney is working with the FBI and you’ll never believe it, but they have no intentions of paying. This apparently happened recently with the newest season of Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black as well.
I’m not really sure what the point here is for the hackers. I mean, they can’t honestly think this was going to work, right? I can’t imagine it would be particularly hard for the FBI to track who stole a copy of the film and where it was stolen from. It’s not like there are a lot of channels for this sort of thing to happen. And releasing the movie in increments isn’t a particularly great threat either; just post the whole thing online. I just find it comical that the biggest pirates movie series ever has now been victimized by actual pirates.
As it relates to the movie, I’m looking forward to it. The Pirates of the Caribbean series is awesome, it’s been six years since the last one and they managed to get most of the old cast back this time around. I liked On Stranger Tides but I also understand that it wasn’t a particularly good movie. I’d like to see the series right the ship (pun fully intended) and finish out strong with a couple of solid movies here. Regardless, I’ll be at a movie theater sometime next weekend to see it.