A gripping fictional portrayal of the harrowing events surrounding the OceanGate Titan submersible tragedy is set to hit the big screen in an upcoming movie titled “Salvaged.” E. Brian Dobbins, renowned for producing films like “White Men Can’t Jump” and “The Blackening,” is collaborating with MindRiot Entertainment on this cinematic endeavor. The screenplay will be crafted by Justin MacGregor and Jonathan Keasey, co-founders of MindRiot Entertainment.
“Salvaged” promises to delve into the events leading up to, during, and after the tragic incident that unfolded earlier this summer. The catastrophe claimed the lives of OceanGate’s CEO, Stockton Rush, and four passengers aboard the ill-fated Titan submersible. This heart-wrenching story, as reported by Deadline, unfolds in the treacherous depths of the Atlantic Ocean as the submersible embarked on a journey to the site of the Titanic wreck.
The Titan Tragedy and Media’s Role
An Oceangate Submersible. Credits: Ocean Gate / Handout/anadolu Agency Via Getty Images
On June 18, the Titan submersible vanished without a trace, triggering a massive search effort. Tragically, the hopes of rescue turned to mourning as the U.S. Coast Guard discovered a debris field near the Titanic. Their findings pointed to a catastrophic pressure implosion, leading to the devastating loss of all five passengers on June 22.
Jonathan Keasey, one of the minds behind “Salvaged,” expressed his concerns about the media’s role in the aftermath of the Titan tragedy. He remarked, “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.”
The film, according to Keasey, aims to pay tribute to those involved in the submersible tragedy and their families. Moreover, it will serve as a platform to address broader concerns about the nature of today’s media. Keasey emphasized the importance of truth in media, highlighting the need for nuance and avoiding sensationalism.
Film in Pre-Production of OceanGate Titan Submersible
Currently, “Salvaged” is in the pre-production stage, with no directors or actors attached to the project at this time. While the film’s development is underway, it’s worth noting that another project with a similar title, a docuseries about OceanGate’s former mission director, Kyle Bingham, is also in the works at MindRiot Entertainment.
The announcement of “Salvaged” brings to light a powerful and emotionally charged narrative that will explore the human dimensions of the Titan submersible tragedy. As the film project progresses, it offers an opportunity to reflect not only on the lives lost but also on the role of media in our society today. “Salvaged” promises to be a thought-provoking cinematic experience that sheds light on the complexities of truth and the consequences of sensationalism in the modern age.
While the movie unfolds on screen, it serves as a reminder of the real-life events that transpired during that fateful journey beneath the ocean’s depths. As the production of “Salvaged” moves forward, it will undoubtedly capture the attention of audiences eager to explore the nuances of this tragic story.