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Film about watery plane crash put on hold following Malaysian tragedy

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Film about watery plane crash put on hold following Malaysian tragedy

By Phyllis Stark. CREATED Mar 27, 2014

With sensitivity high following the mysterious deep-ocean crash of Malaysian Fight 370, a planned disaster movie about jet that crashes into the sea en route to Beijing is now on hold. 

Arclight Films, the company behind the film “Deep Water," said Wednesday that pre-production has been halted for the time being, according to The Huffington Post and Associated Press.
 
"We're delaying it out of respect for what's going on," Arclight Managing Director Gary Hamilton said at Hong Kong's Filmart trade show. "It's a pretty tragic event.”
 
“He played down the similarities,” AP reports, “saying the movie is ‘not actually the same, it just deals with a plane crash.’ The film is about a flight from Sydney to Beijing that goes down in the ocean, leaving an air marshal and a handful of surviving passengers and crew to fight off giant tiger sharks and other dangers. 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.’”
 
AP reports, “Government film agency Screen Australia was funding ‘Deep Water,’ which was budgeted at $25 million and was to be a co-production with China, according to a report last year by Australian publication Inside Film.”
 
Meanwhile, the international search efforts for the Malaysian airliner that disappeared from radar nearly three weeks ago continue in the southern Indian Ocean. The flight had been en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board.
Phyllis Stark

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Phyllis Stark is the Digital Executive Producer - National Content for Journal Broadcast Group.