Malaysia Airlines flight 370

‘Deep Water’ movie production halted in wake of Malaysia Airlines disappearance

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 26 March, 2014, 12:07pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 26 March, 2014, 12:10pm

A thriller about a flight from Beijing that crashes into shark-infested waters leaving passengers locked in a battle for survival has been postponed in the wake of the heartbreak surrounding lost Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Australian movie Deep Water was due to tell the terrifying story about a flight from Beijing to Sydney that crashes in the Pacific Ocean, leaving passengers surrounded by deadly giant tiger sharks.

The survivors face “terror beyond reckoning as the plane is starting to sink into a bottomless abyss and soon discover they’re surrounded by the most deadliest natural born killers on earth”, according to film website

We thought it wasn’t the right time to make a film about a plane crash right now 
Gary Hamilton, Managing director of Arclight Films 

Preproduction of the film – a follow-up to 2012’s Bait 3D - has been halted even though the official release date is two years away.

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

Deep Water is not the only film to have taken sensitivity measures in the wake of the Malaysia Airlines disappearance.

Shanghai Media Group’s new action thriller Last Flight, starring Ed Westwick from the popular Gossip Girl franchise and Chinese actress Zhu Zhu, cancelled its March 21 premier in Beijing following the plane’s disappearance.

Last Flight is about a Boeing 747 that takes off from a small Pacific island, with “unusual events” repeatedly occurring while the plane’s captain investigates.

Malaysia Airline’s Boeing 777 flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing mysteriously vanished a few hours after take off. The exact location, as well as condition of the plane remains unknown.

On Monday night, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced in a somber statement that the plane ended in the southern Indian Ocean, in a “remote location, far from any possible landing sites”.