Film Company Decides It's Not a Good Time to Release a Movie About a Plane That Crashes Into the Ocean

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Arclight Films has wisely realized that its upcoming movie about a flight to Beijing that crashes into the ocean might be a little insensitive given the similarities to a recent tragedy. The Australian international sales company has decided to delay the release of the horror-thriller Deep Water out of sensitivity to the crash of Malaysian Air Flight 370.

"We're delaying it out of respect for what's going on," Managing Director Gary Hamilton said in a report by The Associated Press. Hamilton is, of course, referring to the ongoing search for MH 370 and the ongoing lack of answers for the passengers' families.

Arclight's decision is not unlike other movie studios who have had to adjust or postpone upcoming movies that inadvertently paralleled real-life tragedies. In 2012, Warner Brothers postponed the winter movie Gangster Squad to the new year, because the film had a scene where gangsters shoot up a movie theater. Warner Bros. decided it was too close in timing to the Aurora-Dark Knight Rises massacre that summer. That same year, higher-ups at Fox changed the title of The Watch which was originally supposed to be called Neighborhood Watch, because the studio felt that it tread too closely to the George Zimmerman-Trayvon Martin story.

Deep Water is about a flight to Beijing (just like MH 370) that crashes into the ocean, "leaving an air marshal and a handful of surviving passengers and crew to fight off giant tiger sharks and other dangers," the AP reports. Another Chinese film about an air disaster, Last Flight, was released on March 21, but the studio canceled the premiere and toned down its marketing campaign as result of the Malaysian disaster.

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