Sony's Sanitized Movie Initiative Faces Growing Opposition

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Adam McKay says he didn't agree to let airline and broadcast TV versions of 'Step Brothers' and 'Talladega Nights' be purchased by the public at large, while the DGA is looking into whether the Sony program violates contractual agreements.

“Holy shit,” Seth Rogen tweeted last week, “please don’t do this to our movies.” The comedian is one of many artists who have jumped into the fray as studios and streaming services try out “cleaned up” versions of their pictures for consumers.

Days after Sony announced a plan to offer sanitized editions of its films — the versions shown on airlines and broadcast TV but not otherwise available — the DGA is voicing displeasure.

“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,” the guild tells The Hollywood Reporter.

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