The OceanGate tragedy will be fictionalised in a new film (Picture: AP)
The horrifying events of the OceanGate submersible Titan gripped the world and Hollywood is already turning it into a film, it’s been reported.
Sent to explore the wreck of the Titanic, the submersible lost contact and disappeared off the coast of the US and Canada almost two hours after launch.
After a five day search, it was revealed the Titan had imploded as it descended, killing all five men on board – including OceanGate CEO, Stockton Rush.
Four months later, a fictionalised film has been announced along with a docuseries by MindRiot Entertainment, both currently titled Salvaged.
E. Brian Dobbins, the producer behind Black-ish and The Blackening, is signed on to co-produce the feature, Deadline has reported.
The film is thought to cover the period before, during, and after the tragedy with MindRiot’s Justin MacGregor and Jonathan Keasey set to write the script.
The Titan submersible disappeared off the coast of the US (Picture: PA)
‘The Titan Tragedy is yet another example of a misinformed and quick-to-pounce system, in this case, our nonstop, 24-7 media cycle that convicts and ruins the lives of so many people without any due process,’ Keasey told the publication.
‘Our film will not only honor all those involved in the submersible tragedy, and their families, but the feature will serve as a vessel that also addresses a more macro concern about the nature of media today.’
Keasey added that the world ‘has a right to know the truth’, stressing that there’s ‘always nuance’.
Back in July, Titanic director James Cameron denied wanting to make a dramatised version of the events.
E. Brian Dobbins is attached to the project (Picture: Arturo Holmes/Getty Images for Lionsgate)
A Channel 5 documentary on the tragedy did air shortly after the loss was confirmed.
Keasey continued: ‘Our film will not only honour all those involved in the submersible tragedy, and their families, but the feature will serve as a vessel that also addresses a more macro concern about the nature of media today.’
‘Truth is all that matters,’ he added. ‘And the world has a right to know the truth, always, not the salacious bait crammed down our throats by those seeking their five minutes of fame.
‘Life is not black and white. It’s complicated. There’s nuance. Always nuance.’