'Sanctum' Director Heading into 'Deep Water' for Plane Crash Drama
After taking audiences deep into the unknown, following an underwater cave diving team in the unexplored and least accessible cave system in the world in the 3D film Sanctum, director Alister Grierson is heading into the vastness of the ocean this time. The Daily Mail (via The Guardian) has revealed a new film called Deep Water about the fate of a group of passengers who survive a crash in the ocean when their plane goes down during a flight to Beijing. It sounds like The Grey meets Open Water, but it doesn't sound like Grierson will try to use 3D in an attempt to immerse the audiences in the aquatic disaster like Sanctum.
The paper points out the similarities to the headline-making story about a missing Malaysian plane (which has since been confirmed to crash in the Indian Ocean), and while Grierson admits there are similarities, the film went into pre-production in Queensland before March 8th, which is when flight MH370 went missing during its flight from Kuala Lumpur international airport to Beijing capital international airport. The director explains:
"The similarities and timing is interesting and I can see why anecdotally the two things link up. It's a tricky thing. But in simple terms, 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. It's more complicated than that as there's villains and sharks, but it's a fun action/adventure with thrills and spills and scares."
And for anyone who thinks the production still seems conveniently timed with this relevant news story, Grierson says the film is still two years away, so it will hardly be able to maximize on the timely nature of the disaster. While Grierson's film Sanctum, which used 3D Fusion Camera System, was certainly shot gorgeously, the film left more than a little to be desired. It'll be interesting to see if Grierson can make a film work without the gimmick of immersive 3D to keep the audience somewhat entertained. Stay tuned.