Published: Fri, January 18, 2019
Culture | By Margie Dunn

Netflix Allegedly Used Real-Life Train Derailment Footage in 'Bird Box'

Netflix Allegedly Used Real-Life Train Derailment Footage in 'Bird Box'

Despite many people speaking out about the footage, including the mayor of Lac-Mégantic, the town where the event occurred, Netflix has chose to not do anything about it. The incident killed 47 people and resulted in a widespread fire that damaged much of Lac-Mégantic.

"It's hard enough for our citizens to see these images when they are used normally and respectfully on the news", Lac-Mégantic Mayor Julie Morin, who first noticed the footage used in Bird Box, told BuzzFeed News. The train then derailed, which led to a fire and explosion erupting in Lac-Mégantic. The film, which stars Academy Award-winner Sandra Bullock, follows Malorie Hayes (Bullock) as she does what it takes to survive in a post-apocalyptic world wiped out by a mysterious danger that lurks outdoors.

The company released its massively popular dystopian movie "Bird Box" in late December, which helped attract a record 8.8 million new paid streaming customers in the fourth quarter.

Both Bird Box and Travelers specifically use footage from Lac-Mégantic rail disaster.

This image released by Netflix shows Sandra Bullock in a scene from the film, "Bird Box".

"It's not as though you're not going to show them or play them - we've all seen the Challenger blow up, played over and over and over when that story happened", he said.

News reports the streaming service confirmed that footage captured in the aftermath of a Canadian train derailment had been used as part of a fictional news item in the horror flick.

Netflix spokespeople have declined repeated requests for comment on the controversy.

Producers say the footage was obtained from stock footage vendor Pond 5 and they "weren't aware of its specific source".

It apologised, saying it did not mean to dishonour the tragic event in the town, and would be replacing the footage used in the show. "We've updated our external guidelines to make it clear that we prohibit challenges presenting a risk of serious danger or death, and pranks that make victims believe they're in serious physical danger, or cause children to experience severe emotional distress". YouTube is cracking down on a wave of users committing so-called "Bird Box Challenges" - like driving a auto while blindfolded.

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