Debate rages: Is a Daniel Morcombe movie necessary?
NEWS that Daniel Morcombe's story will be transformed into a feature film has sparked an enormous reaction with some critics saying it is distateful.
Bruce and Denise Morcombe announced on Sunday that their story would be turned into a movie, with filming scheduled to start in 2016.
The parents of slain schoolboy Daniel Morcombe say they hope a movie about their relentless search for their son would help inspire other people coping with personal tragedies.
The couple has unveiled plans for a big budget production which will document Daniel's disappearance, the hunt for his abductor and the undercover sting that saw Brett Peter Cowan convicted of his murder.
While it will not be a documentary, the Morcombes will have input into the project and are keen to ensure it spreads the child safety message they have championed for more than a decade.
Sunshine Coast Daily Facebook readers reacted to the news online, some with negative comments, others with enthusiasm for the idea.
The story received more than 100 comments.
"I personally would not go to see it," Ann Forester said.
"Another way to raise much needed money for the ongoing fight against child abduction! I admire their spirit and determination," Diane Roughsedge wrote.
"Very poor taste," Robyn Hamilton said.
The barrage of negativity prompted Denise and Bruce Morcombe to issue a message via the Daily page administrators.
"In response to the criticism on this forum, Bruce and Denise Morcombe have pointed out that the film will feature important safety messages and parts of profits made (if any) will help further the work of the Daniel Morcombe Foundation which includes child safety education at Australian schools and support for young victims of crime," the Daily posted.
They also point out that the film is designed to share Daniel's story in a powerful way with a global audience, beyond the Sunshine Coast and Australia.