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Film based on Malaysia Airlines tragedy shopped at Cannes

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May 16, 2014 | 10:58am EDT

Plans for a movie loosely based on the missing Malaysia Airlines plane mystery have been unveiled at the Cannes International Film Festival in France. The investigation into the March (14) disappearance of Flight MH370, which had been en route from the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, China, is still ongoing, but local officials previously announced the plane is believed to have crashed in the southern Indian Ocean and that all 239 passengers and crew members are presumed dead. The tragedy has inspired the story behind The Vanishing Act, a new film which is being promoted at Cannes. The producers claim the movie will tell "the untold story" of the missing plane - even though authorities in a number of nations, including Malaysia, Australia and China, have yet to find any evidence of aircraft debris or human remains. Indian filmmaker Rupesh Paul will direct the movie, which he hopes to begin shooting in India and the U.S. in time for a proposed September (14) release. However, a representative at his Rupesh Paul Productions firm insists the film is not a direct adaptation of the real-life disaster, as few real facts are actually known about what really happened to flight MH370. The movie's associate director, Sritama Dutta, tells the Associated Press the only similarity between the film and the plane tragedy is that it involves a missing aircraft, adding, "We cannot keep up with the true facts, it's changing every day."

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