True-life digital pirates have reportedly hijacked the upcoming film Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, and plan to leak it online in increments, unless Disney pays an exorbitant ransom demand to rescue its movie.
The scenario is reminiscent of the April 2017 leak of Orange is the New Black season five, after a hacker or cyber-criminal group called The Dark Overlord stole Netflix content from a third-party company, and subsequently released the episodes in installments when extortion demands weren't met.
According to a report by Deadline Hollywood, Disney CEO Bob Iger acknowledged in a town hall meeting on Monday that a release was stolen, but did not specifically name the title; however, sources identified the film as the fifth movie in the Jack Sparrow franchise that stars Johnny Depp.
Pirates is scheduled for a May 26 release. Disney reportedly will not comply with the ransom demand and is working with the FBI.