Warners Telling U.S.S. Indianapolis Story

Warner Bros. Pictures, Robert Downey Jr. and his wife/producing partner Susan Downey are teaming for a new film about the sinking of the USS Indianapolis during World War II says Heat Vision

The story centers on Hunter Scott, a young boy who caused a stir in 1996 when the research he did for a school history project caused a re-examination of the case of Captain Charles McVeigh. McVeigh had been unjustly court-martialed and blamed for the sinking of the ship and the loss of hundred sailors in the shark infested waters while they were adrift and awaiting rescue over five days.

Scott eventually testified before Congress and exonerated McVay who had committed suicide in 1968. Robert Schenkkan (“The Pacific,” “The Quiet American”) is penning the script for the currently untitled project which the Downey’s will produce.

Universal tried to adapt Scott’s story a few years ago with J.J. Abrams linked as potential director.