- The Washington Times - Monday, March 24, 2014

Revelations following the loss of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 have caused filmmakers to shelve a disaster movie about a plane that crashes on its way to China.

The makers of the Australian/Thai co-production “Deep Water” have decided to halt pre-production of the film out of respect for the families of the 239 passengers and crew lost aboard MH370 on March 8, the Guardian reported.

“We thought it wasn’t the right time to make a film about a plane crash right now,” said Gary Hamilton, managing director of Arclight Films. “We have decided it is best to pull back on production of the film for a few months.”

“Deep Water” is somewhat of a sequel to the shark film “Bait 3D,” the Guardian reported. Its tagline in early promotional material reads, “Survivors of a plane crash face terror beyond reckoning as the plane is starting to sink into a bottomless abyss, and soon discover they’re surrounded by the deadliest natural born killers on earth.”

Malaysia’s prime minister said Monday that the missing plane is presumed lost over the Indian Ocean in a spot far off the west coast of Australia.

“This is a remote location far from any possible landing sites, it is therefore with deep sadness and regret that I must inform you that according to this new data [the flight] ended in the southern Indian Ocean,” Najib Razak said.

Prior to the announcement, filmmaker Alister Grierson said that it was a “tricky” situation but that the movie is scheduled to release in two years.

“The similarities and timing is interesting and I can see why anecdotally the two things link up,” he said. “It’s a tricky thing.”

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