Controversy has lingered this week over what Sony Pictures called its "Clean Version" initiative — with several directors criticizing the studio's move in no uncertain terms.
Essentially, Sony wanted to make the censored versions of movies (the same family-friendly cuts for TV and airplanes) available to consumers, included as a bundle when buying the home release. Directors, it seems, were not aware that this was underway and over the past few days, have taken to Twitter to express their concerns.
The tweets you are about to read certainly don't have Sony's "Clean" treatment:
Why Are Directors So Angry?
It seems to be a case of misunderstanding. When speaking to the Hollywood Reporter, Sony stated that the "clean" versions of their home releases would just be the already-cut TV and airplane versions of certain films, which directors would've already sanctioned. But, apparently, this new home release decision was never discussed with directors.
The studio is now giving directors veto power:
"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 confusion is that directors thought that their films would be getting an added edit, on top of the already-"clean" TV and airplane versions. On top of the confusion, the attention caused the Directors Guild of America to intervene. A spokesperson told the Hollywood Reporter:
"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."
Directors have the absolute right to edit their creations for any platform; the question is whether their various approved edits can be sold as a bundle — especially if they're not being compensated extra. Which of course, is a whole other issue.
For now, Sony won't release the "clean" version without first speaking with directors first. In the end, this whole controversy over deleting words seems to be due to a lack of words.
Do you want a Clean Version of your favorite films or do you feel this disrespects the directors' intentions? Let us know in the comments!