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Daniel Morcombe’s parents condemn ‘callously disrespectful’ film The Stranger

The parents of queensland boy Daniel Morcombe have criticized what they say is the “callously disrespectful” new movie depicting the hunt for their child’s murderer.

Morcombe was 13 years old in December 2003 when he was snatched from a bus stop on the Sunshine Coast and murdered.

His killer, convicted pedophile Brett Peter Cowan was caught after an extensive eight-year investigation.

Daniel, who was buying Christmas presents at the time, was abducted at a Sunshine Coast bus stop. (Nine)

The search and subsequent police investigation is the subject of a new movie, The Strangerwritten and directed by Australian actor Thomas Wright.

The film has aired at the Cannes Film Festival and will premiere at the Melbourne festival circuit next month.

But Daniel’s parents, Denise and Bruce, say the film should never have been made, accusing the makers of profiting from the horrific incident.

Taking to social media, Denise called the makers of the film “parasites” who “make money on a heinous crime.”

Daniel Morcombe Foundation photo
Makers of The Stranger say details of Daniel’s murder are not portrayed and instead, the film focuses on the police involved in the investigation. (Daniel Morcombe Foundation)

“It is truly upsetting, for the family and anyone who knew Daniel,” Mr Morcombe told 9News.

“He didn’t deserve what happened to him, and almost 20 years on he doesn’t deserve this.

“If I had the opportunity of screwing it up and throwing it into the river I would.”

In an interview with dead lineWright said “it was a very difficult film to make… a frightening film to take on”.

Bruce and Denise Morcombe have condemned the film, calling the makers ‘parasites’ for profiting from the crime. (9 NEWS)

Makers of the movie say the film isn’t about what happened to Daniel but the police who worked to catch his killer.

“It tells the story of the unknown police professionals who committed years of their lives and their mental and physical health to resolve this case, and others like it,” producers said in a statement.

They say they notified the Morcombe family before the film was made, and omitted details of the crime itself.

“Out of our deepest respect for the family, the name of the victim is never mentioned in the film and the film does not depict any details of the murder,” a producer said.

“Nor is the family represented in the film in any way.”

The Morcombes have maintained their vocal opposition to the film.

“In some ways it provides oxygen to Cowan himself, and the horrendous crime he committed,” Mr Morcombe said.

“Why are these people in it? They need to take a good hard look at themselves. Are they in it for their careers, or for blood money?”

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