Pirates hacking "Pirates"? Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales," which is set to open May 26, is reportedly being held hostage unless a ransom is paid.
LA Times reports that Disney's chief exec Bob Iger told ABC employees in New York yesterday that hackers claim to have stolen one of the studio's films. The hackers are threatening to release it in segments until their price is paid via Bitcoin. The amount of the ransom was not disclosed.
Iger didn't say which movie the hackers have stolen, but a source tells the Times that it is indeed the new "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie.
This comes after the hacking of the new season of Netflix's "Orange is the New Black." After Netflix refused to pay that unspecified ransom, the hackers said they had released episodes on pirate sites. They also threatened to target more studios and networks.
The fifth film in the lucrative "Pirates" franchise stars Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow and Geoffrey Rush and Barbossa, and marks the return of Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom to the series. Javier Bardem joins the franchise as villain Armando Salazar.