Rupesh Paul has been going on the record to defend his new film, “The Vanishing Act,” because it’s definitely not too soon to make a movie based on the missing Malaysian Airlines flight (MH370).
The film was pitched last week at the Cannes Film Festival, and immediately drew criticism.
“I will make sure no passengers will be hurt because of this,” Rupesh told Variety, according to Yahoo! Movies UK. “Everyone in the world, they want to know what happened.”
Rupesh was working on the film when a journalist, who is now a producer on the film, contacted him with a specific theory about what happened to the missing plane, reports Yahoo!. Authorities are still searching for the Boeing 777, which disappeared in March carrying 239 passengers, on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.
Assuming he’s able to fund the rest of the project, Rupesh hopes to release “The Vanishing Act” in August. A trailer was released at Cannes.
According to Yahoo!, Paul told the Hollywood Reporter the movie is a thriller, not a documentary:
It will not be based on stupid things. There will not be a [gun] and there will not be any aliens. The controversy will help indirectly, but we are not cashing in on the flight. People do not want a documentary, they want a thriller. Why should I make a movie on anything that does not attract people?
But Paul’s biggest challenge, according to Paul, is not the possibility of trampling on people’s feelings, but the possibility the flight is found before the film airs, and his theory is wrong, and his investment is wasted.
“We will be fools,” Paul said, according to Yahoo!. “That’s the biggest challenge I’m facing.”