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Live-Action Death Note Used Real Train Accident Footage Without Permission

posted on by Kim Morrissy

In the live-action Western film adaption of Death Note on Netflix, a scene depicts a news anchor reporting on a train accident. Dutch news sources have revealed that the film used real footage of a train disaster that happened in Belgium in 2010, which killed 19 people and injured 310.

The National Railway Company of Belgium claimed that Netflix had never asked for permission to use the footage. "This shows little respect for the victims and surviving relatives, or for the staff of the railway and the emergency services. We are deciding whether to take steps to deal with this matter," spokesman Dimitri Temmerman told the Algemeen Dagblad newspaper.

None of the families of the deceased or any of the survivors were notified beforehand, either. Survivor Anita Mahy said that the inclusion of the footage made her furious. "You'll just sit and watch a movie in the evening unsuspectingly, only to face the accident again."

The Death Note film directed by Adam Wingard premiered via streaming on Netflix on August 25. It stars Nat Wolff as Light Turner, Keith Stanfield as L, Margaret Qualley as Mia Sutton, Willem Dafoe as the voice of Ryuk, Paul Nakauchi as Watari, and Shea Whigham as James Turner. A sequel is currently in the works.

Netflix has also reportedly used Sword Art Online fan art as banner images without permission.

Source: RTL Nieuws, Algemeen Dagblad (links in Dutch)

Thanks to Dennis for the news tip.


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