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CANNES WATCH: Apology for love-triangle plane plot

CANNES, France (AP) — The director of a movie based on the Malaysian Airlines plane disappearance is apologizing for a trailer that suggests a love triangle among members of its crew.

Rupesh Paul announced "The Vanishing Act" at the Cannes Film Festival. A brief trailer for the film, which has not yet been cast, shows two crew members kissing as a third looks at them angrily. In a statement to The Associated Press, Rupesh Paul Productions said he was removing that element of the teaser trailer soon "so as not to hurt sentiments" of the families of those on the plane.

He also offered "an unconditional apology to the families of the missing MH 370 passengers" and said he never "meant to hurt any of the grieving friends and families of the passengers in the missing plane nor make profit over the missing passengers."

In a previous interview with the AP, the film's associate director, Sritama Dutta, said the movie would not follow any facts of the tragedy. Paul said the plot will revolve around an investigative report by a Malaysian journalist which the teaser trailer does not reflect. The clip, which also shows someone with a gun and commotion and horror on the plane, has garnered more than 300,000 views on YouTube.

Authorities still have not been able to locate the plane, which was carrying 239 people from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8 when it went missing. Dutta said Paul is aiming for a September release.

— By AP Entertainment Writer Nekesa Mumbi Moody, http://www.twitter.com/nekesamumbi

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