Hackers Threaten to Leak Upcoming 'Pirates of the Caribbean' Unless Disney Pays Ransom: Reports - NBC New York

Hackers Threaten to Leak Upcoming 'Pirates of the Caribbean' Unless Disney Pays Ransom: Reports

Disney CEO Bob Iger reportedly briefed ABC employees on the incident Monday morning in New York, but did not confirm "Pirates" is the film at risk

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    Online pirates who claim to have Disney's unreleased action flick "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" in their possession are threatening to leak it unless Disney pays up, according to multiple reports.

    The hackers have demanded an "enormous amount" of money via an online currency called Bitcoin, and will release the movie in increments until the ransom is met, Deadline reported.

    The publication reports that the FBI is involved in the investigation, and Disney has no plans to concede to the requests.

    CEO Bob Iger briefed ABC employees on the incident Monday morning in New York, but did not confirm "Pirates" is the film at risk, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

    E! News and CNBC have reached out to the studio for comment but have not independently confirmed the reports.

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    The fifth installment of the highly-anticipated franchise stars Javier Bardem as the villain opposite Johnny Depp's Captain Jack Sparrow. Other "Pirates" favorites set to return include Orlando Bloom as Will Turner, Keira Knightly as Elizabeth Swann and Geoffrey Rush as Captain Hector Barbossa.

    Shanghai Disney Resort hosted the movie's world premiere, followed by another star-studded event in Paris and the U.S. premiere in Los Angeles on May 18.

    Director Joachim Ronning squashed rumors that "Dead Men Tell No Tales" would be the franchise's last, teasing to CinemaBlend, "This is the beginning of the finale... But I don't know if it's the last one, or if they'll make another 10 of them. I don't know! But I hope so!"

    "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" premieres nationwide May 26.

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