Warner Bros. is planning to bring the harrowing tale of the U.S.S. Indianapolis to the big screen. The Hollywood Reporter has word that Robert and Susan Downey are set to produce a narrative version that will be told through the eyes of 11-year old Hunter Scott.
Scott, inspired in 1996 by the based-in-fact recollection of the ship’s demise in Jaws, set out to exonerate the vessel’s captain, Charles McVay. Sunk by Japanese torpedoes in 1945, the Indianapolis’ crew was left for days to fend against starvation, hypothermia and some of the worst shark attacks in history. Of the nearly 900 men that survived the torpedoes, only about 300 survived what followed.
Robert Schenkkan (“The Pacific”) is attached to draft the currently-untitled project which will presumably tell the dual narrative of Scott and McVay.