A disaster movie about a plane that mysteriously crashes into the ocean has been put on hold because of its similarities to the missing Malaysian airliner.

Arclight Films, the production company behind Deep Water, said pre-production had been halted for the time being.

Managing director Gary Hamilton said: "We're delaying it out of respect for what's going on."

An international search effort is scouring a remote stretch of the southern Indian Ocean for a Malaysia Airlines jet that disappeared on March 8. Mr Hamilton said it was a "pretty tragic event".

According to the company's website, the film is about a flight from Sydney to Beijing that goes down in the ocean, leaving surviving passengers and crew to fight off sharks and other dangers.