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April 4, 2014 Aviation, Headline News 2 Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Reports that Hollywood is already likely to be planning a film about the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 bring the term “indecent haste” to mind.

The Hollywood Reporter, a good source of news on the movie side of LA, says J.C. Spink, executive producer for the 2005 flight thriller film Red Eye, has confided that Hollywood is already probably planning film versions of the strange and dreadful incident in which an aircraft vanished.unnamed

Spink, who knows Hollywood well, told the publication there could already be “50 different people working on 50 different projects that are either inspired by MH370, or based directly on it right now”.

While Spink admitted the disappearance of MH370 was a shocking tragedy, he noted that it was also an intriguing idea for a compelling aviation thriller.

“Clearly, something more happened on that flight than we will ever know. And that’s a great jumping-off point,” he said.

Although there’s no suggestion Spink is involved in any such movie, Hollywood industry veterans agree the potential is there.

Screenwriters would find the plot challenging, as so little is known about what happened. But that would give them total license to dream up anything. A plot could involve hijackers. It might involve madness or criminals. There could be aliens.

Spink’s film Red Eye, which hit the screen in 2005, had an aviation theme. The thriller directed by Wes Craven stars Rachel McAdams as a hotel manager caught up in an assassination plot by a terrorist (Cillian Murphy) while aboard a ‘red-eye’ (overnight) flight to Miami. It has a complex plot involving US Secret Service agents, a missile, a conspiracy, hit men, villains, a knife scar, a shootout – that sort of thing.

The film made a lot of money, grossing USD 57.9 million in the US and USD 37.6 million internationally.

How much an MH370 film might make is anyone’s guess. While Hollywood is often more concerned with money than good taste; its conscience does shine through occasionally.

Meanwhile, in a striking contrast, an Australian disaster film called Deep Water has been put on hold because real life has grown a little too uncomfortably close to the plot. At its pre-production stage, Deep Water was described, reportedly, as a story about survivors of a plane crash lost at sea while flying to Beijing.

“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, concluded.

Written by : Peter Needham

Currently there are "2 comments" on this Article:

  1. gnits says:

    …..hollywood movies based on the missing malaysian airline flight should be conscientious enough to give at least 30% of the proceeds to malaysian airlines to help families affected by the disaster..

  2. Bill McCall says:

    Hard to reconcile what The Hollywood Reporter, reflecting journalistic opinions,might think as a basis for such a film? No one really knows what happened and unless something changes real quick, we may never know. But that won’t change speculators and fantasists coming up with a load of claptrap they perceive making millions from a gullible public. Did anyone see Red Eye? It was the biggest load of fantasist crap ever made.

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