Robert Downey Jr. Producing USS Indianapolis Story at Warner Bros.
It's been about 60 years since the tragic sinking of the USS Indianapolis during World War II, and now that story is heading to the big screen courtesy or Warner Bros. and producer Robert Downey Jr. and his wife Susan Downey. THR reports the film will focus on the tragedy from the point-of-view of Hunter Scott, an 11-year old boy who embarked on a journey to exonerate the Indianapolis’ court-martialed captain in 1996. The boy ended up researching the tragedy as part of a History Day competition and learned how the warship was sunk by torpedoes with the crew stranded for five days and eaten by sharks.
In addition, he also learned from survivors how Captain Charles McVay was unjustly court-martialed and decided it was his duty to set the record straight. The boy testified in front of Congress and was an integral part of legislation passed in October of 2000 which exonerated McVay and resulted in the U.S. Navy amending the Captain's record in July of 2001. Sadly McVay committed suicide in 1968 and didn't live to see the moving story unfold. What should make this truly interesting to cinephiles is the boy's interest in the topic was spawned by Quint's infamous monologue about the USS Indianapolis tragedy in the film Jaws. "The Pacific" writer Robert Schenkkan will adapt the story which currently has no director, but it sounds like this should be quite a unique and powerful real-life drama.