Netflix has finally agreed to remove its use of real-life footage from the fatal 2013 Lac-Megantic train accident in its hit movie “Bird Box”.
The streaming giant used clips from the train crash, which killed 47 people in Quebec on July 6, 2013, in both “Bird Box” and its series “Travelers”. The footage was purchased from a stock-footage vendor.
Netflix apologized for using the footage in a letter to Quebec Culture Minister Nathalie Roy, multiple news outlets confirmed in January. At the time, the company expressed no plans to remove the clip from “Bird Box”.
On Thursday, however, CJAD 800 Montreal broke the news that Netflix had changed its mind and will officially remove the Lac-Megantic footage from “Bird Box”.
“Travelers” producers took steps to rectify the situation far sooner. The series is partially produced in Canada and the production company behind the show promised to pull the clips earlier this year.
President of Peacock Alley Entertainment Carrie Mudd said in an email published by the Globe and Mail. “We sincerely apologize and had no intention to dishonour the tragic events of 2013,” Mudd said. “We are already working to replace the footage in the show.”
“Bird Box” was reportedly a huge success for Netflix. The streaming service claimed more than 45 million subscribers watched a majority of the Sandra Bullock-led movie.