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EntertainmentNetflix removes controversial Bird Box footage after public outcry

06:50  15 march  2019
06:50  15 march  2019 Source:   ew.com

Netflix to remove Lac-Megantic footage from 'Bird Box'

Netflix to remove Lac-Megantic footage from 'Bird Box' OTTAWA - After initially refusing, Netflix has agreed to remove images of the 2013 Lac-Megantic disaster from its blockbuster film, "Bird Box." A spokesman says in an email to The Canadian Press that the streaming company is sorry for any pain it caused to the residents of Lac-Megantic, Que. People in the town and across the province were shocked after learning in January that footage from the derailment and explosion that killed 47 people was used in the drama starring Sandra Bullock. Demands that the brief scene be removed came from politicians at all levels, including Lac-Megantic Mayor Julie Morin. © Provided by thecanadianpress.

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Netflix removes controversial Bird Box footage after public outcry© Saeed Adyani/Netflix Netflix removes controversial 'Bird Box' footage after public outcry

After sparking controversy for using footage of a real-life disaster in its film Bird Box, Netflix has said it will remove and replace the scene, according to The Canadian Press.

The Sandra Bullock-starring film debuted back in December, and it came under fire for including footage of the 2013 Lac-Mégantic rail disaster, where a train carrying shale oil went off the tracks in Canada and exploded, killing 47 people. The video was purchased from a stock-footage vendor and used in Bird Box to depict a fictional disaster scene early in the film.

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Spielberg to Voice Concerns Over Netflix Oscar Competition at Academy Meeting Steven Spielberg, who has been a familiar voice in the outcry against Netflix films receiving equal treatment at the Oscars as theatrical releases, will speak about the issue at the next Academy meeting. Spielberg, as the Academy Governor of the directors branch, will be supporting changes to the awards rules at the annual post-Oscars meeting. “Steven feels strongly about the difference between the streaming and theatrical situation,” an Amblin spokesperson told Indiewire. “He’ll be happy if the others will join [his campaign] when that comes up [at the Academy Board of Governors meeting]. He will see what happens.

Netflix 's thriller ' Bird Box ' includes real footage of a deadly train derailment that killed 47 in the town of Lac-Mégantic in Quebec. Per a conversation with Mashable, Netflix has determined that they will not do the same in the case of Bird Box and the film will remain as is.

Netflix is not planning to remove footage of a real-world train derailment that was used in its fiction film Bird Box , despite outcry from citizens of The same footage that appeared in Bird Box was also used in a Canadian science fiction series called Travelers. Carrie Mudd, president of Peacock Alley

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

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.”

According to Netflix, Bird Box broke records as the streaming service’s most-watched original film, with 45 million accounts watching at least part of the film in its first seven days.

Representatives for Netflix have not yet replied to EW’s request for comment.

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