In a cheap attempt to cash-grab on a “trending tragedy,” Hollywood producers are already set to turn the OceanGate’s Titan submersible incident into a feature film just four months after the fatal expedition.
Producer E. Brian Dobbins behind 2022’s comedy-horror The Blackening, is taking the helm of this cinematic adaptation.
Dobbins is collaborating with MindRiot Entertainment, a company concurrently working on a docuseries focused on Kyle Bingham, the former mission director of OceanGate. The film is titled ‘Salvaged’.
The film is said to cover the periods before, during, and after the five-day tragedy, shedding light on the harrowing experiences of the crew and the families left behind.
Co-writer Jonathan Keasey expressed that the film aims to shed light on the consequences of the relentless 24/7 media cycle that often convicts and tarnishes lives without due process. Keasey emphasized the importance of truth and the public’s right to know it.
Notably, rumors initially swirled that acclaimed Titanic director James Cameron would be involved in a film adaptation of the Titan submersible incident. However, Cameron later deemed the reports “offensive” in a tweet, distancing himself from the project.
As Salvaged moves forward in its production, it remains to be seen how the film will handle the delicate subject matter and the ethical considerations surrounding the tragic events of June 2023.
The decision to bring this recent disaster to the big screen has ignited debate about the boundaries between entertainment and respecting the memories of those who lost their lives in the Titan submersible tragedy.
The Titan submersible incident unfolded in June 2023, when all five crew members on board lost their lives while on a deep-sea expedition near the wreckage of the Titanic in the Atlantic Ocean.
The submersible mysteriously lost contact with its mother ship just 1 hour and 45 minutes into the dive, sparking fears for the crew’s safety as their oxygen supply dwindled under high-pressure conditions. Days later, a remotely operated underwater vehicle discovered debris near the Titanic wreck, suggesting that the Titan submersible had tragically imploded.
The crew members who lost their lives in this devastating incident included British businessman Hamish Harding, British-Pakistani businessman Shahzada Dawood, and his 19-year-old son Suleman. Additionally, former French Navy diver Paul-Henry Nargeolet and OceanGate CEO Stockton Rush were also among those who perished.