The piracy group behind the leaks of “The Hateful Eight,” “The Big Short,” “Spectre,” “Creed” and more high-profile movies is apparently sorry for the much-publicized leak of Quentin Tarantino’s latest.
According to Business Insider, the group, dubbed Hive-CM8, issued a statement on Sunday to apologize for the ordeal, saying it’s “sorry for the trouble we caused.”
“We didn’t plan to comment at all on recent events,” Hive-CM8 said. “But we feel now that we should.”
“Sorry to disappoint, but there was no hack or any such thing,” it goes on. “We got the copies sold from a guy on the street, no decryption was needed. We were definitely not the only ones.”
The group also tried to reveal the rationale behind the leaks of the many Oscar-contending movies, saying it simply “wanted to share this [sic] movies with the people who are not rich enough or not able to watch all nominated movies in the cinema.”
On the flipside, however, Hive-CM8 said it believes that the piracy, and the publicity that comes along with it, will end up being a plus for the industry.
“Since everyone is now talking about [The Hateful Eight] we dont think the producers will loose any money at cinedate, and we tell you now why,” it said. “We actually think this has created a new type of media hype that is more present in the news,radio and in the papers than starwars, [sic] and the promotional costs for this were free.”
In the end, the piracy group praised “The Hateful Eight,” thanking Tarantino for making “an excellent,thrilling [sic] and entertaining Western.”
The leaked copy of Tarantino’s western was previously traced back to Alcon Entertainment co-CEO and “Point Break” remake producer Andrew Kosove, who maintained that he never saw the screener.
Read Hive-CM8’s full apology below:
We didnt plan to comment at all on recent events, but we feel now that we should.
Sorry to disappoint M but there was no hack or any such thing . We got the copies sold from a guy on the street, no decryption was needed. we were definately not the only ones. cpl other movies have been on the net days before, not done from us So we wanted to share this movies with the people who are not rich enough or not able to watch all nominated movies in the cinema.
Of course this files are not representing the movies how they can be enjoyed in the cinema
As said in our nfo, please support the producers and watch all movies in the cinema on a big screen, like you should do anyhow. The Producers need the money from ticket sales to get back the production costs.
As for Hateful Eight Movie:
We feel sorry for the trouble we caused by releasing that great movie before cinedate even has begun. we never intended to hurt anyone by doing that, we didnt know it would get that popular that quickly
The Hateful Eight is an excellent,thrilling and entertaining Western that combines terrific direction,a fantastic cast,a wonderful script,beautiful photography and a memorable score. All of those elements make The Hateful Eight an unforgettable film that is Quentin Tarantino at his best.
Since everyone is now talking about this movie we dont think the producers will loose any money at cinedate, and we tell you now why. we actually think this has created a new type of media hype that is more present in the news,radio and in the papers than starwars, and the promotional costs for this were free
If lets say 5% of the people planned to watch this movie at cinemadate, due to this media push we unintenionally created, we believe that now 40% of the people will watch this movie in the cinema cause everyone is talking about it and everyone wants to see the movie that created so much noise. this will push the cinema tickets sale for sure.
we really hope this helped out the producers in the longrun, so that the production costs are covered and more
we also think that the hateful 8 movie is the top candidate for the awards and will win by a mile over others thx tarantino for this wonderful movie
sorry it was around christmas we didnt plan that at all either, we wont do another movie before its cinedate, and we def wont go up to 40 as planned, we think we have done enough already.