Fox tries to explain the ‘Wolverine’ fib

Posted by · 8:47 pm · April 28th, 2009

Hugh Jackman in X-Men Origins: WolverineOkay, so last week when junketeers got their first look at “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” many (especially the AICN crowd) were quick to dog-pile the studio for having the gall to “lie” when the film leaked earlier this month.  Fox honcho Tom Rothman, at the time, said the completed version of the film contained 10 minutes of footage not seen in the leaked workprint.

As it turns out, this was reported as false (albeit through the heavy glaze of snark).  But that didn’t stop the studio from going on the record with Patrick Goldstein today to clarify:

Fox’s senior vice president of corporate communications, Chris Petrikin…explains that he was probably the person who told Rothman that 10 minutes were missing from the pirated version of the film. He stressed that the studio was under enormous pressure after the piracy as it attempted to sift through a host of often wildly speculative Internet reports about the theft.

“There was no ‘fibbing’ involved — that would imply that we were so on top of things that we anticipated having one of our biggest films of the year stolen and had time to concoct a plan to purposefully ‘spin’ wrong information,” Petrikin told me. “Remember, Tom gave this [Entertainment Weekly] interview a day after we learned of the theft. A lot of information and misinformation was flying back and forth then, and there was no way to sort it out quickly or definitively. In fact, I think I told Tom that there might be 10 minutes missing from the stolen version, based — obviously — on misinformation I was given or misinterpreted. The real issue is the scale of this crime and that the film was not finished when it was stolen.”

Eesh.  I might have just embraced the old adage “Mum’s the word.”  Pieces like this seem to be making more of a mess of things.

Anyway, I’ll get into why “Wolverine” doesn’t suck near as bad as I thought it would tomorrow.

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  • 1 4-28-2009 at 9:40 pm

    alynch said...

    Fox shouldn’t be trying to clarify this matter. They should simply say, “Yeah, we told a fib in order to discourage people from stealing our movie, and anybody who caught us in this lie is a thief.”

  • 2 4-28-2009 at 9:43 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Haha, totally.

  • 3 4-28-2009 at 11:25 pm

    Alex said...

    Why did Hugh Jackman hire Gavin Hood to direct this film? Tsotsi was alright but not spectacular, and Rendition had already landed with a thud when he was hired. Surely the film would have turned out better if they chose a more interesting director with a better vision…

  • 4 4-28-2009 at 11:35 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    “Why did Hugh Jackman hire Gavin Hood to direct this film?”

    I feel like you’ve got some serious misinformation going on here.

  • 5 4-29-2009 at 1:34 am

    Jonathan Spuij said...

    The movie’s at times a complete insult to any viewer. The story is really poor, but it doesn’t totally suck because the X-Men action itself is cool and entertains when it happens. Only one can’t help but shake the feeling this was only made to see Wolvie getting pumped with Adamantium. There’s really very little else that matters or connects it really in terms of storyline with the original trilogy. (Individual appearances don’t count!)

  • 6 4-29-2009 at 2:46 pm

    Alex said...

    It wasn’t ultimately his decision to hire it but as producer and star of the film, I’m sure he had a lot of say… Hood wasn’t exactly an obvious choice.