Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge is set to be released next week but according to reports, hackers claim they have a copy that they’ll release online unless they’re paid off.
Disney chief Bob Iger confirmed to employees that they are being held to ransom over a title soon-to-be in cinemas and Deadline is reporting that it’s Pirates 5.
Apparently the hackers will release chunks of the film – starring Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom – online unless they are paid by the studio in Bitcoin.
Pirates of the Caribbean 5 is being held for ransom by hackers [Disney]
Disney is said to be working with the FBI after refusing to pay the sum.
The news comes swiftly after Netflix were held to ransom over season five of Orange Is The New Black and it’s episodes were leaked online after the streaming service refused to pay up.
The latest instalment of the Pirates franchise sees ghost Spanish Royal Navy soldiers led by Jack Sparrow’s old nemesis, Armando Salazar (javier Bardem), escape from the Devil’s Triangle and attempt to kill every pirate at sea, including him.
Johnny Depp returns as Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge [Disney]
To survive, Jack seeks out the legendary Trident of Poseidon, a powerful artefact whose owner can control the seas.
Disney are said to be concerned that Johnny’s bad press could cause the new film to lose money at the box office.
A recent story claiming the actor had his lines fed to him through an ear-piece on the film set, instead of learning them, earned the contempt of Jessica Chastain.
However, the film’s director Joachim Rønning said there would be more films to come so it might not be the last time we see Captain Jack Sparrow.
Pirates 5 is in cinemas on 26 May.