Robert Downey Jr to produce USS Indianapolis movie

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Team Downey – Robert Downey Jr and his Wife Susan Downey – are joining forces with Warner Bros. to bring a film based on the fate of the USS Indianapolis to the big screen.

If you are not up on your history you probably know what happened to the USS Indianapolis if you have seen Jaws. Quint talks about the sinking of the ship during World War II and the sharks came in to pick off the crew during the next 5 days.

The film would follow Hunter Scott, the 11-year old boy who embarked on a journey to exonerate the Indianapolis’ court-martialed captain. It was the scene from Jaws that inspired Scott to research the sinking for a History competition.

Scott heard from survivors how the captain, Charles McVay, was unjustly court-martialed, and set out to correct the miscarriage of justice, eventually testifying before Congress. He was eventually instrumental in getting legislation passed in October 2000 to exonerate McVay, who committed suicide in 1968, and in July 2001, the U.S. Navy amended his record.

According to THR Warners has picked up the life rights to Scott and has set Robert Schenkkan (Emmy-nominated writer of The Pacific) to write the script for the untitled true-life project. Schenkkan is working from a story by the Downeys, who are also producing via their Warners-based Team Downey banner.

A lot of potential in this film.

Check out Robert Shaw’s Indianapolis speech from Jaws after the break.