Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 disappeared on March 8 and almost 2 1/2 months later, the missing plane still has not been found, making the fate of the flight and its 239 passengers and crew not only a terrible tragedy, but one of the greatest mysteries in aviation history. But that doesn’t mean you can’t make a movie about it!
That is exactly what the director of such immortal screen classics as Saint Dracula 3D and Kamasutra 3D, plans to do. He is pitching the movie to investors at the Cannes Film Festival — one of the global film industry’s most prestigious events — which continues in France until May 25.
Indian director Rupesh Paul produced a 90-second teaser trailer for his envisioned Flight MH370 thriller, and has been screening it at Cannes for prospective backers. You can view the trailer below and decide for yourself. Would you go to see this movie? Or put money into making it?
There has been no shortage of theories about what happened to Flight MH370, ranging from the possible to the totally crazy. While Paul isn’t yet saying exactly which theory forms the basis for his film, to be titled The Vanishing Act, he said that it is the brainchild of a Malaysian journalist who has already invested his own money into the Flight MH370 film, but chooses to remain anonymous, at least for now.
“People ask me one thing,” Paul told the entertainment industry trade publication Variety. “If you’re saying a theory and suddenly the flight is found and it’s totally the opposite, your investment will be wasted. We will be fools. That’s the biggest challenge I’m facing.”
In other words, if you’re planning on pumping your cash into this production, you’d better hope that Flight MH370 never turns up.
Paul also brushed aside concerns that the movie, which he plans to shoot in 35 days for about $3.5 million and release in September, could cause additional anguish for families of the missing Flight MH370 passengers and crew, who are already enduring the heartache of losing their loved ones with no idea of their fate.
“I will make sure no passengers will be hurt because of this,” he said.
While this or any Flight MH370 movie is bound to be controversial, this isn’t the first time Rupesh Paul has courted controversy. A lead actress in Kamasutra 3D, a film is based on the ancient Indian sex manual, has filed a criminal complaint against the director, alleging that he refused to pay her full salary after she spurned his sexual advances.
Indian model and actress Sherlyn Chopra, who also claims to be the first Indian model to appear nude in Playboy Magazine, charges that Paul also sent her crude and suggestive e-mails. But the director of the upcoming Flight MH370 movie condemned Chopra’s allegations as “lies.”