Paramount Pictures to release movie via BitTorrent

By on March 17, 2011, 2:02 PM
The Tunnel, a long-awaited horror movie, is coming to a BitTorrent tracker near you. Set in the abandoned tunnels under Sydney, Australia, the movie will get its world premiere online for free via BitTorrent on May 19, 2011.

"Our experience with Paramount has been positive, and we're impressed with how forward-thinking they've been on considering our specific project," producer and editor Enzo Tedeschi told TorrentFreak. "From day one we've maintained that The Tunnel is not supporting or condoning piracy, but instead trying to incorporate a legitimate use of peer-to-peer in our distribution strategy internationally."

Paramount like most Hollywood studios has shown much hostility to BitTorrent over the years. It's therefore quite surprising to see such an abrupt change and to learn that Transmission Films and Paramount Home Entertainment Australia, who work together on film acquisitions, have confirmed they will be backing what they describe as "the film that captured the imaginations of internet users globally." Talk about a step in the right direction.

Created many decades ago, the tunnels under Sydney were originally intended to house a rail network. Construction was discontinued and they later became US General Macarthur's headquarters during the World War II. After that, they were abandoned. A film crew decided to go down there recently and...

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Guest said:

...a torrent and a PayPal link ;)

Rick Rick, TechSpot Staff, said:

The plan is likely as follows:

1.) Show the industry is willing to try new things by releasing a torrent and DVDs

2.) Make sure that movie doesn't show in theatres and goes straight to DVD so no one knows about it

3.) Make sure that movie is a BAD movie

4.) Blame the lack of DVD sales on free-loading downloaders

5.) More evidence that bittorrent is ruining their business

Guest said:

A film that cost $1,000 to make and boring, will be free??

Cant wait......

Leeky Leeky said:

Better than a letter from your IP, and the likelihood of making more money off of IP fines that the movie cost.

LauRoman said:

It looks like a mix between Blair Witch and REC. Not all that original really.

TJGeezer said:

I'd go just to see the tunnels under Sydney. Has anyone made a movie about giant plastic alligator prompts under New York?

TJGeezer said:

hmmm.... meant plastic props... need more coffee...

miska_man said:

Sounds like you hit it right on the money.

Guest said:

I totally agree with Rick

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