Tate Taylor to Direct Robert Downey Jr.'s USS Indianapolis Drama
Over three years ago, we learned that Robert Downey Jr. was producing a drama focusing on the tragic sinking of the USS Indianapolis during World War II. 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. Now the film is finally making progress towards the big screen as The Wrap has learned The Help and Get On Up director Tate Taylor has signed on to direct the film. Downey still isn't starring in the film, but he'll produce with his wife Susan Downey through their Team Downey banner.
In the story, the young boy was 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. The incident was recounted by Robert Shaw in Steven Spielberg's classic Jaws. Following the incident, Captain Charles McVay was court-martialed over the USS Indianapolis’ secret mission to deliver the Hiroshima bomb. But the boy investigates the truth behind the naval disaster and learns McVay was actually a hero. It sounds like a unique approach to World War II history, and we'll see who ends up starring in the film.