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Doomed Titanic sub to be featured in new movie

Undated handout photo shows Titan, the submersible that imploded on its expedition to view the Titanic wreckage. (OceanGate/Zuma Press Wire/TNS)
October 02, 2023

MindRiot Entertainment is set to create a film about the heart-wrenching OceanGate submersible tragedy that resulted in the deaths of five individuals.

The incident occurred on June 18 during an expedition to observe the Titanic wreckage deep in the Atlantic Ocean. According to Deadline, the tragic event that gripped the global audience in suspense during the search and rescue efforts and sorrow will now be brought back to life on screen.

Produced by the experienced hand of E. Brian Dobbins of “The Blackening,” and co-written by Justin MacGregor and Jonathan Keasey from MindRiot, the film aims to provide more than just a recounting of the disaster. According to Deadline, the narrative will cover events before, during and after the tragedy.

“Truth is all that matters,” Keasey said. “The world has a right to know the truth, not the salacious bait crammed down our throats by those seeking their five minutes of fame. Life is not black and white. There’s nuance. Always nuance.”

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The tragic OceanGate incident began when the Titan submersible lost contact with its surface vessel during a trip to view the Titanic wreckage. The disappearance of the Titan sparked a collaborative four-day rescue mission led by the US and Canada, which deployed planes, boats and submersibles in a fervent attempt to rescue the five-person crew, as noted by Variety.

On the fourth day of the search and rescue mission, the U.S. Coast Guard delivered a devastating update, saying, “A debris field was discovered within the search area by an ROV near the Titanic.”

Reflecting on the discovery, marine scientist David Mearns provided a somber perspective to Sky News, suggesting that the debris field indicated “a catastrophic failure and generally that’s an implosion.”

His words also provided a slight comfort, emphasizing that the passengers on the Titan would not have suffered during the incident.

“The only saving grace is that it would have been immediate — literally in milliseconds — and the men wouldn’t have known what was happening.”

With the upcoming feature film, MindRiot hopes to memorialize the lives lost on the Titan while also questioning the nature of the modern media cycle.

“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 said.

This news article was partially created with the assistance of artificial intelligence and edited and fact-checked by a human editor.