Tate Taylor to Direct Robert Downey Jr.'s USS Indianapolis Drama

January 29, 2015
Source: The Wrap

Tate Taylor

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.

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Japanese submarine slammed two torpedoes into our side, Chief. We was comin' back from the island of Tinian to Leyte... just delivered the bomb. The Hiroshima bomb. Eleven hundred men went into the water. Vessel went down in twelve minutes. Didn't see the first shark for about a half an hour. Tiger. Thirteen footer. You know, you know that when you're in the water, chief? You tell by lookin' from the dorsal to the tail. Well, we didn't know. 'Cause our bomb mission had been so secret, no distress signal had been sent, huh. They didn't even list us overdue for a week. Very first light, chief. The sharks come cruisin'. So we formed ourselves into tight groups. You know it's... kinda like 'ol squares in battle like uh, you see on a calendar, like the battle of Waterloo. And the idea was, the shark goes to the nearest man and then he'd start poundin' and hollerin' and screamin' and sometimes the shark would go away. Sometimes he wouldn't go away. Sometimes that shark, he looks right into you. Right into your eyes. You know the thing about a shark, he's got... lifeless eyes, black eyes, like a doll's eye. When he comes at ya, doesn't seem to be livin'. Until he bites ya and those black eyes roll over white. And then, ah then you hear that terrible high pitch screamin' and the ocean turns red and spite of all the poundin' and the hollerin' they all come in and rip you to pieces. Y'know by the end of that first dawn, lost a hundred men! I don't know how many sharks, maybe a thousand! I don't know how many men, they averaged six an hour. On Thursday mornin' chief, I bumped into a friend of mine, Herbie Robinson from Cleveland. Baseball player, Bosun's Mate. I thought he was asleep, reached over to wake him up. Bobbed up and down in the water, just like a kinda top. Up ended. Well... he'd been bitten in half below the waist. Noon the fifth day, Mr. Hooper, a Lockheed Ventura saw us, he swung in low and he saw us. He's a young pilot, a lot younger than Mr. Hooper, anyway he saw us and come in low. And three hours later a big fat PBY comes down and start to pick us up. You know that was the time I was most frightened? Waitin' for my turn. I'll never put on a lifejacket again. So, eleven hundred men went in the water, three hundred and sixteen men come out, the sharks took the rest, June the 29, 1945. Anyway, we delivered the bomb.

ELStevundo on Jan 29, 2015


They delivered bomb parts, not the actual bomb!

Phil Blank on Jul 26, 2015


If they move quickly they can use Ty Simpkins from Iron Man 3. He's older than 11 now, so they'd have to move quick or adjust the age.

CoosCoos on Jan 29, 2015


And what's the name of this version "USS Indianapolis Drama"????

Phil Blank on Jul 26, 2015

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