Piracy has been a growing problem for studios, artists, and the entertainment industry in general for years now–especially with the unlimited capacity that the World Wide Web offers. Leonardo DiCaprio himself is unable to escape being victimized by this.
In a report by Variety, DiCaprio’s upcoming movie “The Revenant” leaked to piracy and torrent sites. The website notes that the leak follows the time after voters were given screeners so that the movie can qualify for awards consideration.
The website also details that DiCaprio’s upcoming film is not the only one to fall victim to the leaks. Variety lists down Quentin Tarantino’s “Hateful Eight” and “Creed” as other films that have leaked on popular torrent sites.
According to the article, Hive-CM8 is one of the piracy groups owning to the illegal upload of the copyrighted materials.
Deadline, via the site TorrentFreak, quotes the piracy group in saying:
“DVDScreener 1 of 40. Will do them all one after each other, started with the hottest title of this year, the rest will follow.”
The quote above refers to the screener distributed for “The Revenant” and that the group has access to other screeners which it also plans to upload in the upcoming days.
Deadline recalls that despite the recent leaks being high-profile, “The Revenant” is not the first film to experience this. The website notes of last year’s “The Expendables 3” which was illegally circulated in the web before it even hit theaters.
As to whether the leak will affect “The Revenant” in the box office remains to be seen.
“The Revenant” is partly an adaptation of Michael Punke’s 2002 novel with the same name. It tells the story of American frontiersman Hugh Glass–played by DiCaprio–and his journey of survival and hunt for John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy) who left him for dead after being mauled by a grizzly bear.
“The Revenant” is scheduled to debut on Christmas Day, December 25.