In Sicko, Moore--who won an Academy Award for his 2003 documentary Bowling for Columbine--takes the U.S. healthcare system to task. The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last month to a standing ovation and rave reviews.
Although Moore has yet to comment on the leak, the controversial filmmaker has taken a lenient attitude towards online file-sharing in the past. In 2004, Moore stated in an interview he did not have a problem with people illegally downloading his film Fahrenheit 9/11.
“I don’t agree with the copyright laws and I don’t have a problem with people downloading the movie and sharing it with people,” Moore said. “As long they’re not doing it to make a profit off it, as long as they’re not trying to make a profit off my labor. I would oppose that… I make these books and movies and TV shows because I want things to change and so the more people that get to see them the better. I’m happy when that happens.”
This is the second pre-release leak in less than a month for a film distributed by Lionsgate Entertainment. A studio-quality workprint version of Eli Roth’s horror flick Hostel: Part II was spotted on peer-to-peer networks May 29--ten days before its June 8 release date.