The final print of “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” began screening for press this week and it seems Fox may have been exaggerating about how early and unfinished the work print that leaked online was.
A few days ago the final film was revealed to have a 107 minute runtime – the exact same as the leaked workprint. This came as a surprise as the studio said the final print ran around 10-15 minutes longer and incorporated reshoot footage not seen in the work print.
Of course other edits could’ve been made to equal the same runtime, and trailer footage has included clips that apparently were not visible in the work print.
Now, AICN has word from a source who has seen both the leaked workprint and the final version. Their response? “The workprint version IS in fact identical to the release print, sans effect and some audio work”
The source indicates those scenes in the trailer, such as Wolverine carrying his girlfriend to the beach, are not in either version. As for the visual effects? “some really bad CGI work made me groan numerous times… the scene with Stewart looks so much better in the workprint – trying to digitally de-age him did NOT work this time around.”
So why lie about the changes made? The answer now sadly seems obvious – “FOX is trying their darndest to keep this news from getting out, because it will eliminate most of the motivation for people who have seen the workprint to pay for a ticket.”