“Project Almanac” Hapus Footage Kecelakaan Pesawat dan Michael Bay Meminta Maaf

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Project Almanac (2015)
Project Almanac (2015)

Dalam filmnya, Project Almanac arahan Dean Israelite yang mengangkat tema besar petualangan waktu menampilkan footage tentang kecelakaan pesawat. Adegan tersebut juga terlihat di trailer resminya. Tapi ternyata adegan tersebut berasal dari kejadian sebenarnya pada kecelakaan pesawat 1994 silam, bukan efek visual. Tidak lama setelah itu, keluarga dari dua korban melayangkan keberatannya.

Komplain tersebut disampaikan oleh keluarga Kolonel Robert Wolff dan Letnan Kolonel Mark McGeehan. Tidak lama kemudian sang produser, Michael Bay meresponnya dengan mengatakan bahwa dirinya telah meminta Paramount untuk menghapus footage tersebut dari film sekaligus meminta maaf:

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My relationship with the United States military has been very strong my entire film career. Every branch of service has appeared in my past films or TV shows. I have encountered nothing more than extraordinary brave men and women who serve our country. I’m very proud to be able to represent them professionally in my films.

Unfortunately today I learned that the movie “Project Almanac,” produced by my Platinum Dunes company, directed by a talented first-time director, used a 2-second shot in a grainy news clip of a real B-52 crash. When the director presented his cut to me, I actually thought the short clip was a created visual effect like many of the other shots in the film.

I let film directors make their movies at Platinum Dunes and give them tremendous responsibilities. Well, unfortunately a very bad choice was made to use a real crash instead of creating a VFX shot, without realizing the impact it could have on the families.

I have asked Paramount Pictures to remove this shot immediately from the picture. I want to also extend my deepest apology to the families, and also to the U.S. Air Force.

Project Almanac direncanakan rilis pada 30 Januari 2015.

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