With the news last week that Sony were planning to release 'Clean Versions' of their popular films which would edit out violence, sex and swearing, some of Hollywood's leading comedic figures are reeling.
The Independent reports that while the clean versions would only be purchasable alongside the original, filmmakers have still been angered by Sony.
This includes Seth Rogen who Tweeted this last week:
Comedy director Judd Apatow has also weighed in on the scheme claiming the idea is "bullshit", and telling Sony to shove the clean versions up their...
Also commenting on the move from Sony are director Adam McKay, and the Directors Guild of America (DGA).
A representative for McKay said that he "would not have agreed to this." Unsprising really as the clean version of his film Step Brothers removes 152 uses of bad language, 91 instances of sexual content, and 22 of violence. What on earth is left?
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, a DGA member commented that: "Directors have the right to edit their feature films for every non-theatrical platform, plain and simple. Taking a director's edit for one platform and then releasing it on another — without giving the director the opportunity to edit — violates our agreement."
They added: "As creators of their films, directors often dedicate years of hard work to realise their full vision, and they rightfully have a vested interest in protecting that work. We are committed to vigorously defending against the unauthorised alteration of films."
In response to the criticism, Sony Home Entertainment president Man Jit Singh said: "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."