Disney CEO Bob Iger has stated that the company is extorted by criminals. In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter he states that criminals threaten the company to make the movie Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales available online if the company doesn’t pay a ransom.
Although Iger hasn’t mentioned the exact movie in the interview, the website Deadline reports it has sources that confirm that the latest ‘Pirates’ movie is in the hands of criminals. Disney has stated it refuses to pay the ransom and is working with the FBI to find the criminals that stole the movie.
The criminals threaten to publish parts of the movie in case Disney doesn’t pay. First they plan to release fragments of 5 minutes, followed by 20 minute fragments.
It’s unknown how much money the criminals want from Disney.
The threats are likely serious, earlier this year the 5th season of the Netflix series Orange Is The New Black was leaked on the web. The group The Dark Overlord claimed to be responsible and stated it had access to more content.