James Gunn, one of the movie directors signed up to create an Xbox Live-exclusive film in Microsoft's "Horror Meets Comedy" campaign, has called Microsoft "the most dreadful, non-talent friendly company I've ever worked for." Ouch.
Venting on his blog (where else?), Gunn - who helmed the Scooby Doo films for Warner Bros. - revealed that Microsoft rejected his first film and "cut the living shit" out of the second. He's not happy.
"Shortly after I signed on to produce the Horror Goes Comedy series, as well as write and direct my own, XBox became pain in the asses about content," gunn Wrote. "They started by promising us directors complete creative freedom - that's the whole reason we agreed to do it for, essentially, no money.
"We were told that anything goes. So I shot the most balls-out, fucked up thing I've ever shot: HUMANZEE!
"XBox saw it and freaked out. There wasn't even a way to cut it down to make it acceptable. So they offered me the chance to do something else, and to take the rights to Humanzee myself, which I gladly did. That's when I came up with the idea for SPARKY & MIKAELA.
"As long as it was PG-13, with no sex, they said it would be all right," he added. "So that's what I shot. But they saw it and, again, freaked out. Obviously they had no f***ing idea what PG-13 was, as they wanted me to cut the words 'penis' and 'vagina.' They made me cut a piece of very fake poop and a bunch of other stuff. And then, when they were done making me cut things, they took the final cut and cut it up themselves even more before airing it.
"To sum things up, Warner Bros was a bastion of creative freedom on SCOOBY DOO 2 in comparison. I'm not exaggerating or being facetious. Microsoft/XBox was by far the most dreadful, non-talent friendly company I've ever worked for. And if you think I had it bad, some of the other directors (most specifically, SAW director James Wan, who just happens to be one of my favorite people in the world) had it even worse.
"People on XBox are playing Grand Theft Auto 4, getting blowjobs from hookers and shooting them in the heads afterwards! The top downloaded content on XBox is South Park! But Microsoft wouldn't let us get close to the extremity of that material, so I don't know how in the world they planned to create their own successful original content."
Oh dear. The first round of Horror Meets Comedy are on Xbox Live now.