Originally appeared on FanSided Entertainment
Have you always wanted to watch Pirates of the Caribbean like a real pirate — that is, with no integrity? You may be in luck.
You won’t be able to see Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales in theaters until May 26. However, a pirated copy may soon be floating around the seas. A crew of hackers commandeered a copy of the latest film in the series and is holding it for ransom in the brig unless their demands are met, per Anita Busch of Deadline. The cutthroats are ordering Disney Studios to pay a massive sum of gold to Bitcoin. The studio is working with the
Royal Navy FBI to pinpoint the coordinates of the buccaneers and has announced that they will not submit to their demands.
The FBI has to track attacks backwards, making the exact location of the ship hard to determine, according to FBI informant Hector Monsegur:
It’s nearly impossible because you have various hackers from pretty much anywhere. Also, they are aware of techniques to track them down. So you could have an Egyptian hacker who uses Russian software so it looks like it’s Russian but is actually from Egypt.
The ruthless band of pirates is threatening to release the movie in increments. One can only assume they’ll release the movie in order, but this whole debacle would become a lot more entertaining if they released it in a random order.
Whether or not the pirates will follow through with their plot remains to be seen. But what is clear is that for a franchise that has raked in $3.72 billion worth of treasure worldwide since 2003, a leak shouldn’t do substantial damage to Jerry Bruckheimer’s stalwart vessel.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales sails into U.S. theaters on May 26.