The Michael Bay-produced time travel film Project Almanac is set to come out in less than 10 days, but pressure has been applied to have the movie changed before its release. It turns out that one scene,in the film features footage extremely similar to a fatal B-52 crash that occurred back in 1994, and families of two of the victim have requested that it be removed.
The families of Col. Robert Wolff and Lt. Col. Mark McGeehan recently got in contact with Air Force Times after seeing the Project Almanac trailer, which features a scene of actors watching crash footage that looks "nearly identical" to what occurred in 1994. They were reportedly outraged by the clip and felt disappointed that it would be used outside of its original context.
In a statement to the Air Force Times, Michael Bay said that he was unaware that the two-second shot in the movie was actual footage, and instead believed that it was instead a piece of visual effects work. Shifting blame to director Dean Israelite - who is made his feature debut with the project, Bay said,
"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 [visual effects] shot, without realizing the impact it could have on the families."
The Transformers: Age of Extinction director also added in his statement that he has had a long-standing relationship with the United States military, and added that he has asked Paramount Pictures to remove the shot from the film, apologizing to those affected by the 1994 B-52 crash. For comparison purposes, you watch footage of the incident in the video below:
Now see how it appears in Project Almanac's second trailer (the scene in question is at the 1:53 mark):
While time is obviously of the essence, Paramount Pictures is in the process of re-editing Project Almanac in an attempt to remove the controversial footage. Katie Martin Kelley, Paramount's executive vice president for publicity, has reached out about the situation, and in an email confirmed that the studio is working to alter not only the film but also promotional materials. The are no plans to alter the movie's release date, and it will still come out on January 30th as originally planned.
Based on an original screenplay, Project Almanac is a found footage thriller that centers on a group of teenagers who uncover designs to build a time machine. While it all seems like fun and games at first, with the young men and women taking advantage of everything you can do with time travel, eventually the dangerous consequences are revealed.