Bird Box's Real-Life Train Disaster Footage Removed By Netflix

On its release, Bird Box was dubbed one of the scariest films on Netflix but you may or may not know that part of the film used stock footage from a real-life rail disaster which the streaming service has now removed after controversy.

The footage of Canada's deadly Lac-Mégantic tragedy was used early on in the film to portray a fictional news story about an apocalyptic scenario.

Netflix has now decided to replace the clip following months on controversy.

In a statement to the BBC, Netflix said: "We're sorry for any pain caused to the Lac-Mégantic community."

After Lac-Mégantic's mayor, Julie Morin, criticised the streaming service for using the clip, Canada's Minister of Culture and Communications, Nathalie Roy, praised the new decision:

Translated the message reads: "The move was expected by respect for the victims of this horrible tragedy, their families and the entire community of # Lac-Mégantic . This result shows that by being united and pooling our efforts, everything is possible."

Prior to Netflix's decision to replace the scene, Roy had sent an open letter to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings urging the footage to be cut.

There were 47 people killed as a result of the 6 July 2013 disaster when a train carrying crude oil derailed in the Quebec town.

According to Variety, the edited version of the film is expected to be updated and available on the service within a few weeks. The footage is being replaced with a clip from a US TV series but Netflix hasn't said which show.

Bird Box broke Netflix records with over 45 million accounts tuning in to watch it on the platform in its first week of streaming.

Featured Image Credit: Netflix

Rebecca Shepherd

Rebecca Shepherd is a Journalist at LADbible. She graduated from the University of Central Lancashire with a First Class BA in Journalism. Becky previously worked as Chief Reporter at Cavendish Press, supplying news and feature stories to national newspapers and women's magazines.

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