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Will the leak end up helping Wolverine?

X-Men Origins: Wolverine

X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Executives at 20th Century Fox may be able to breathe a sigh of relief: It looks like that leaked copy of X-Men Origins: Wolverine actually could help the movie.

Entertainment Weekly‘s Hollywood Insider reports the Hugh Jackman film is tracking strong, with consumer-research statistics showing a high “wanna see” rating. What’s more, it’s the No. 1 choice in two key demographics: young men, and men age 31 and older.

As Vulture’s Lane Brown points out, the leaked work print, with its unfinished special-effects shots, should have signaled doom for Wolverine. So why didn’t it?

“Had it not leaked, this is the time when people on the Internet (including us, no doubt) would’ve been wildly speculating on the film’s quality based on its trailer, publicity campaign, promotional pizza tie-in, and reported reshoots,” Brown writes. “Instead, though, the very bloggers who’d probably be writing this thing off are refusing to post reviews of an unfinished product and shaming downloaders.”

That’s actually … a pretty good theory.

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I saw the leaked copy (curiosity got the best of me). I thought it was decent, but (pardon the pun) incomplete. When I heard there were reshoots and the leak was actually incomplete (missing key scenes), it made me all the more willing to pay for a ticket.

Here’s hoping all that sweet sweet Watchmen Lawsuit Settlement Cash went into making Wolverine a better film.

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“Instead, though, the very bloggers who’d probably be writing this thing off are refusing to post reviews of an unfinished product and shaming downloaders.”

Yeah, right. Like illegal downloaders can actually be shamed.

The Hulk movie had its workup copy released early too and no one complained about it. Most lauded it as a great reboot/retooling of the franchise. The high horse ‘shame on you downloaders’ thing is kind of funny though, especially from big movie related sites that feed on leaked footage/set shots and screenplays and so on for their major content.

In the end, the movie will do good or bad based on how good it is; not because of a leaked, unfinished version. In the world of conspiracies, I’d wager Fox released the movie early due to fears of quality and wanted to gauge reactions / have an excuse beforehand.

I think it can’t hurt either that the few people I’ve seen online who have admitted to watching the leaked copy have given the flick generally positive reviews.

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