The upcoming “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie “Dead Men Tell No Tells” was stolen from Disney by hackers and is being held for ransom, Deadline.com reports.
“The hackers have demanded an enormous amount of money be paid to Bitcoin. Disney is currently working with the FBI and will not pay,” Deadline reports.
The report adds: “Although Disney CEO Bob Iger did not reveal which movie the ransom hackers claim to have, he did reveal to ABC employees during a town hall meeting in New York on Monday that the incident had occurred. The hackers said they would release bits of the film — in increments — if their demands weren’t met. Deadline learned that it was, indeed, Jerry Bruckheimer’s fifth in the ‘Pirates’ franchise, which is scheduled for release May 26.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the hackers told Disney they would first release five minutes of the movie if their demands are not met, followed by releases in 20-minute increments.
“The ransom demand of Disney comes only weeks after a hacker uploaded 10 episodes of the upcoming season of ‘Orange Is the New Black’ to The Pirate Bay after Netflix refused to pay an undisclosed amount,” THR notes. “The episodes were posted on Pirate Bay six weeks ahead of the series’ official June 9 launch.”