As most of you may or may not know, there is a copy of the X-Men Origins Wolverine making its rounds on the internet. Word around the campfire say this is a Workprint and is VERY good quality. If you're not in the know of what a Workprint is, it's an unfinished loosely edited version of the film which is usually used for screening purposes or to show the big wigs how their money is being spent and or wasted on.
It's also said that this copy has like many Workprint films CGI markers. Basically what this means is you'll actually see parts of the film that are supposed to have special effects but instead there will be shots of basically "Put stuff here" flags. There have been talks of re-shoots and added scenes and this copy is NOT supposed to reflect that. This is supposed to be 14 minutes shorter than the final cut of the film destined for theaters. This intrigues me immensely. I would love to see this copy and then see the finalized cut. It's the ultimate special edition comparison no one will ever see. How is it paced here and how will it be done in the new cut? What was better in the original and what could have been done better in the new cut? You get the idea. Not many will see this Workprint, that is unless you know your way around a keyboard and few P2P sites you're golden.
This comes as a major shock to the studios and the news as the film is slated for a May 1, 2009 release. It's expected to rake in HUGE bucks and with the release of this Workprint guess what? IT STILL IS. Even if the stories are true about the re-shoots and the added shoots, that the story and plot needs work, the fact that Ryan Reynolds has been given a major role in the film to iron out the kinks or that this will be sold on every street corner in NYC, it doesn't matter. People will flock to this movie like stink on a Pink Panther sequel anyway.