Movie-musical 'Annie' produced by Jay Z is also being circulated on illegal file-sharing websites
Five new films from Sony Pictures have been leaked onto illegal file-sharing networks after the studio’s computer systems were hacked earlier this week.
Four of the films are yet to be released in most territories, while the fifth, war drama Fury starring Brad Pitt, opened in cinemas worldwide last month (October).
According to Variety, Fury has already been downloaded illegally over 1.2 million times, while another of the leaked films – the forthcoming movie-musical Annie, which has been produced by Jay-Z – has been downloaded illegally over 200,000 times.
The three other leaked films are Still Alice, a probable Oscar contender starring Julianne Moore as a woman battling Alzheimer’s, which has been downloaded illegally over 100,000 times; Mr Turner, Mike Leigh’s biopic of painter JMW Turner, which has been released in the UK but not in many other markets, and has been downloaded illegally around 60,000 times; and To Write Love On Her Arms, a film about the founding of the US depression charity of the same name, which has been downloaded nearly 20,000 times.
Sony Pictures’ computer systems were hacked on Monday (November 24) by a group of hackers calling themselves Guardians Of Peace or #GOP. In response to the leaked films, a Sony representative told Variety: “The theft of Sony Pictures Entertainment content is a criminal matter, and we are working closely with law enforcement to address it.”