Sony Backtracks On “Clean Version” Film Release After Director, DGA Pushback
June 15th, 2017 – Sony Pictures is walking back its plan to release clean versions of certain PG-13 and R-rated films after protests from prominent directors. The “Clean Version Initiative” was introduced earlier this month and would let customers buy an edited, sanitized version once they had already paid for the original cut.
Sony framed the initiative around the pre-existing versions that are air on television and airlines; they specified that these aren’t additional edited versions and that they aren’t sold separate from the original release.
That rationale wasn’t good enough for Sony directors Judd Apatow, Seth Rogen and Adam McKay, who all released statements in varying forms of cleanliness.
This is absolute bullshit and @sony and @SonyPictures is gonna get hell for FUCKING with our movies.Shove the clean versions up your asses! https://t.co/UhRUP0ZIlz
— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) June 13, 2017
Holy shit please don’t do this to our movies. Thanks. https://t.co/0lpoESaIQd
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) June 6, 2017
“The Clean Version initiative is news to Adam McKay. He would not have agreed to this,” a representative for McKay told The Hollywood Reporter.
The clean versions omit profanity, sexual references/acts, and violence. McKay’s Step Brothers and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby are among 24 films Sony had initially targeted.
The clean version of Step Brothers cuts 152 uses of bad language, 91 instances of sexual content and 22 clips of violence.
Originally Sony Home Entertainment president Man Jit Singh said that all directors helming films with clean versions had been informed.
“We discussed this program, and the use of these pre-existing versions, with each director or their representatives. This is a pilot program, developed in response to specific consumer feedback, that offers viewers the option of watching an airline or TV version of certain movies when they purchase the original version,” he said.
Following backlash from directors and the Directors Guild of America (DGA), Sony issued a follow-up statement:
“Our directors are of paramount importance to us and we want to respect those relationships to the utmost. We believed we had obtained approvals from the filmmakers involved for use of their previously supervised television versions as a value added extra on sales of the full version. But if any of them are unhappy or have reconsidered, we will discontinue it for their films.”
The DGA plans to continue to fight for directors who spent years working toward their vision and protecting their end product.
“While we’re pleased that Sony is acknowledging its mistakes in this area, the DGA has notified Sony that it expects the immediate removal of all ‘clean’ versions of the affected films from availability until Sony secures permission from each and every director, and provides them with an opportunity to edit a version for release in new media – consistent with the DGA Agreement and the directors’ individual contracts,” they said in a statement.
“These are hard-fought-for rights that protect a director’s work and vision, and are at the very heart of our craft and a thriving film industry. As we have throughout our history, we are committed to fighting the unauthorised editing of films.”
If the following films are among your favorites, it’ll be up to the directors to defend content that some believe crosses the line of clean: all five versions of Spider-Man, 50 First Dates, Battle of the Year, Big Daddy, Captain Phillips, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Easy A, Elysium, Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters II, Goosebumps, Grown Ups, Grown Ups 2, Hancock, Inferno, Moneyball, Pixels, Step Brothers, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, and White House Down.
Do you think Sony should make “clean versions” of films available? Does this infringe upon directors’ vision and work? Give us your thoughts!
21 thoughts on “Sony Backtracks On “Clean Version” Film Release After Director, DGA Pushback”
Yeah it’s sensorship
Yes. Don’t censor entertainment.
Id tell em ill sue if you edit then show my work lol
It’s absolutely stupid..if your easily ‘offended’ don’t watch movies like this.
America where you can buy an uzi at wal mart hate everyone for being not white reject health care elect a dumb cunt as president drop bombs on innocent civillians but dont say fuck in a movie..stupid fucks
You can’t buy an Uzi at Walmart. We don’t reject healthcare. We reject poor people paying annual fines for being poor and unable to afford insurance, and we reject the insurance companies being given the authority to decide what is medically necessary for patient care. Also, don’t hate people for not being white or I’d have to hate my children. And the dumb cunt lost the election to the orange clown. Thanks for playing.
When are they going to start to clean up paintings and sculptures. Why only pick on one type of art.
Who cares what they think
Seth Rogen is the modern day equivalent of the fat stooge
Can you please edit Seth Rogan dumb ass out of all of his movies
Don’t watch movies with him simple as that
It just doesn’t seem plausible how does the freakish ogre get the hot chick in all of his movies. They would just seem real if he wasn’t in them.
A clean seth Rogan movie would only be about two to three minutes long.
They have to clean movies up for tv, l don’t see much difference
Who buys their crap?
A lot more people than buy your crap
Point for Matt.
I thought it was why we had MPAA ratings?
Well, the clean versions are going to exist anyways for TV broadcast or in flight, but why would you want to make an R rated movie “kid friendly.”
The clean version of Step Brothers is 5 minutes long