5 February 2012 2:51 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

We’ve just heard the sad news that Sanctum producer Andrew Wight has died in a helicopter crash off the coast of New South Wales in Australia. The filmmaker perished with BAFTA and Emmy award winner Mike deGruy in the accident whilst they were apparently scouting locations for a new project. Wight was just 51 years old and deGruy 60.

Wight was worked on a variety of projects for James Cameron including the 3D underwater film Ghosts Of The Abyss in 2003 before going on to write and produce Sanctum last year, a film that was executive-produced by Cameron. Sanctum was based on Wight’s own experience revolving around his near-death incident in an underwater cave. It went on to take $100 million at the box-office.

Mike deGruy was an award-winning cinematographer, working on such projects as Deep Blue and many other TV wildlife documentaries. He tweeted four days before the crash; “Been in Australia 2 weeks, »


- Paul Heath

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