Plane Crash Movie Halted After MH370 Disaster
Production on a film about a plane that crashes into the ocean on its way to Beijing has been halted due to its similarities to the Malaysia Airlines disaster.
Deep Water follows a group of surviving passengers and crew who have to fight off tiger sharks and other dangers after being left floating in the ocean.
Arclight Films, the company behind the movie, said pre-production had been halted for the time being.
"We're delaying it out of respect for what's going on," said managing director Gary Hamilton.
An international search effort is scouring a remote stretch of the southern Indian Ocean for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 that disappeared on March 8 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.
Malaysian officials said the jet probably crashed into the sea, taking the lives of all 239 people on board.
"It's a pretty tragic event," Hamilton said at Hong Kong's Filmart trade show.
But he pointed out that his film "is not actually the same, it just deals with a plane crash".
According to a synopsis of the film posted on the company's website: "As the downed aircraft takes on water with every passing second, the surviving passengers and crew must face terror beyond reckoning."
Government film agency Screen Australia was funding Deep Water, which was budgeted at $25m (£15m) and was to be a co-production with China, according to a report last year by Australian publication Inside Film.
No cast has been announced for the film.
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