Filming on “USS Indianapolis: Men Of Courage,” the upcoming historical biopic about the famous ship sinking incident during WW2, has been halted temporarily due to problems with one of the vehicles.
A vintage Navy PBY plane used during filming landed offshore and began to take on water, no-one was injured and the pilot and co-pilot were rescued safely. However, production was halted temporarily during efforts to save the flying boat that ultimately broke apart during salvage operations.
The film’s producers say the have enough footage captured from this and additional footage to be shot at nearby Wolf Bay will allow completion of the necessary scenes.
Nicolas Cage, Thomas Jane, Matt Lanter and Tom Sizemore star in the Mario Van Peebles-directed film about the doomed U.S. ship which was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine and sank.
Nearly three hundred went down with the ship and another six hundred died in shark-infested waters in what remains the greatest single loss of life at sea in U.S. Navy history. Cage plays Captain Charles Butler McVay III in the movie which is slated to open Memorial Day next year.
The project isn’t to be confused with the Robert Downey Jr. USS Indianapolis project in development at Warner Bros. Pictures.