From making all the headlines to cinema, MindRiot Entertainment, an audiovisual content producer, announces a collaboration with E. Brian Dobbins, known for his work on productions such as The Blackening and Black -ish, to make a fictional film based on the OceanGate submarine tragedy. The project, which carries the working title Salvaged, will focus on the events before, during and after the incident that resulted in the loss of five lives.
The Titan submarine disappeared on June 18, prompting a massive search led by the United States and Canada. On June 22, the remains of the Titan were found near the site where the Titanic, the target ship for underwater exploration, sank. According to a report from Deadline, the feature film will explore the complexity of the events, including the media’s response and its ethical implications.
Justin MacGregor and Jonathan Keasey of MindRiot will write the project. Keasey, who is also a lawyer, said the film will not only pay tribute to those involved in the tragedy and their families, but also address broader concerns about the nature of media today.
On the other hand, this is the first film made about the Titan tragedy. This is after the British television channel Channel 5 aired a documentary about the incident. Additionally, MindRiot has already acquired a documentary about OceanGate, adding a narrative layer to the story.
The explosion of the Titan and the death of six passengers
The Titan submersible gained worldwide attention in June 2023 when it disappeared during a deep underwater excursion near the Titanic wreck in the Atlantic Ocean. The five-man crew lost contact with their mother ship an hour and 45 minutes into the voyage, and were feared dead as their oxygen supply ran out in the high-pressure conditions. Four days after the submarine disappeared, a remotely operated underwater vehicle discovered debris near the wreck of the Titanic, and it is believed to have exploded.
Among the dead are British businessman Hamish Harding; British-Pakistani businessman Shahzada Dawood and his 19-year-old son Suleman; former French Navy diver Paul-Henry Nargeolet; and OceanGate CEO Stockton Rush.
The film based on the Titan submersible accidentally joined a series of MindRiot docuseries projects. Currently, it is not known when the filming will start and who will make up the cast who will play the men who dream of seeing the remains of the Titanic up close. If you are also fond of the story of this British liner that sank after colliding with an iceberg, you can watch the film version made by James Cameron for the Star+ cinema.