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Netflix to remove real disaster footage from Bird Box film

March 15 , 2019

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After initially refusing, Netflix has agreed to remove images of the 2013 Lac-Megantic disaster from its blockbuster film Bird Box.

“Netflix and the filmmakers of Bird Box have decided to replace the clip,” a spokesperson for the streaming company said in an email to the Canadian press. “We’re sorry for any pain caused to the Lac-Megantic community.”

The process to replace the clip worldwide with an outtake from a TV series will take several weeks, the company told BBC.

Related: Netflix is begging people to stop hurting themselves by doing the Bird Box Challenge

Netflix initially declined to remove the footage when the controversy broke out back in January, despite outcry from Canadian politicians who said its use was insensitive.

In January, it came to public attention that the film used stock footage of the real-life rail disaster that killed 47 people in Canada.

The same footage was also used in Netflix’s show Travelers but the Canadian production company behind that show already removed and replaced the video, apologizing “to anyone who was offended, especially the victims and their families.”

The version of Bird Box without the Lac-Mégantic images will be released within two weeks, according to the Canadian press.

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