Australian Filmmaker's Plane Crash Movie Put on Hold in Wake of Flight MH370's Fate

Alister Grierson's Deep Water Film Mirrors Malaysian Flight MH370
Alister Grierson
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03/24/2014 AT 12:00 PM EDT

Sometimes art imitates life a bit too much.

Australian filmmaker Alister Grierson's Deep Water, a proposed drama about a plane that crashes en route to China, has been put on hold in the wake of its uncomfortable similarities to the fate of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370.

"The similarities and timing is interesting and I can see why anecdotally the two things link up. It's a tricky thing," Grierson told the Daily Mail Saturday. "Deep Water is about an accident that happens on an aeroplane which goes down in the ocean, and the survivors trying to stay alive afterwards," he continued, unaware at the time that this was determined to be exactly what happened to flight MH370, according to the most recent data.

Early Monday, the production company for the film released a statement saying it was shelving the project. "Out of sensitivity to the Malaysia flight situation, we've decided to put it on pause for now," Gary Hamilton, managing director of Arclight Films, told The Hollywood Reporter.

Grierson is best known for Sanctum, a 3D cave-diving disaster movie which is one of the highest-grossing Australian films of all time. He was handpicked by James Cameron to use Cameron's 3D Fusion Camera System for Sanctum.

The situation seems to mirror that of The Watch, the Ben Stiller vehicle whose uncomfortable similarity in name, if not plot, to the Trayvon Martin case in 2012 caused Fox to hastily rejigger marketing for the film.

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