Robert Downey Jr. Producing USS Indianapolis Story at Warner Bros.

August 18, 2011
Source: THR

USS Indianapolis

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.

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sounds great

Loser on Aug 18, 2011


In Harm's Way, good book about the Indianapolis sinking

Coviekiller23 on Aug 18, 2011


I sincerely hope this story comes to the screen...and soon. It needs to be told, factually and accurately so the survivors and the rest of the world finds out what really happened and how these poor unfortunate sailors met their end while higher-ups fiddled and looked to cast blame elsewhere resulting in the suicide of its ill-fated skipper. Hurry please.

Anthony G. Siegle on Aug 18, 2011


"Show me the way to go home. I'm tired and I want to go to bed..."

grimjob on Aug 18, 2011


This story should be about heroic men who helped end the war and not a kid who brought attention to the truth.

Tarfukg on Aug 18, 2011


Finally! Someone needed to tackle this story on the big screen! - This was I believe what Spielberg would have done had he returned to sharks and the open water.

Dom on Aug 19, 2011


My uncle was MIA on this.  can't wait to see this!

Todd Selk on Dec 6, 2011


For information on the "RECREATION OF THE INDIANAPOLIS SHIPS RADIO ROOM.   See A Group of Amateur Radio Operators ( Hams) have rebuilt the Radio room at the Indiana War Memorial, downtown  Indianapolis. All volunteers and donated "exact radio equipment" is on display & operating.

Rosterhous on Jan 5, 2012

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