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Netflix Apologizes, Will Ditch Disaster Footage in Movie

Company reverses its decision to use actual Canadian rail explosion in 'Bird Box'
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 15, 2019 11:17 AM CDT
This image released by Netflix shows Sandra Bullock in a scene from the film, "Bird Box."   (Saeed Adyani/Netflix via AP)

(Newser) – Netflix has changed its tune two months after refusing to remove footage of a 2013 rail disaster from its hit film Bird Box. "We're sorry for any pain caused to the Lac-Mégantic community" of Quebec, the company says in a statement to the BBC. The clip from the disaster that killed 47 people, obtained from a stock imagery company and used to depict a fictional disaster scenario, will be replaced. The Canadian production company behind Netflix's Travelers earlier removed footage of Lac-Mégantic's downtown core in flames from the show's third season, but Netflix said the clips would remain in its most-watched original film, per Entertainment Weekly. It gave no reason for the alteration. The process of removal is expected to take several weeks. (Coming to Netflix: Goop.)

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