Netflix has finally decided that his original horror film Bird Box does not need to contain footage of the royal train disaster that killed 47 people in Lac-Mégantic, Canada in 2013 .
Originally, faced with protests from the Canadian city and online supporters, Netflix tacitly refused to remove the footage of the exploding train, which the film used in a fictional report at the beginning of the film. But now, almost three months after Bird Box started streaming on Netflix and almost two months after the protest, the company agreed to remove the material. A new version, which will replace the derailment of real life with fictional footage from an unspecified TV series, should be available on Netflix worldwide in just a few weeks.
"Netflix and the directors of Bird Box have decided to replace the clip", reads part of a company statement provided to The Verge and other publications. "We are sorry for any pain caused to the Lac-Mégantic community."
According to The Canadian Press the mayor of Lac-Mégantic Julie Morin is pleased with the result: "Yes, it was a delay, but in the end, the most important thing is that people are came to the conclusion that the situation was significant enough to solve. "
However, the late reply means that it is possible that Bird Box has already had the lion's share of its audience. Scandals often tend to cause people to hasten to see something faster than they could normally, and Bird Box had more than one – in addition to the train derailment clamor, c & # 39; it was also the dangerous, viral potential Bird Box challenge that saw YouTube creators try to spend 24 hours living their lives with a blindfold.
Netflix said that 45 million accounts looked at Bird Box only in the first week.