RDJr. and Susan Downey are teaming up with Warner Bros to bring the story of the sinking of the USS Indianapolis afloat. They’ve purchased the story rights to the life of Hunter Scott, the 11-year old boy who set out to exonerate the ship’s court-martialed captain, Charles McVay.
The Indianapolis was sunk by torpedoes and the crew was feasted upon by sharks while stranded without rescue for five days. Scott became familiar with the case after watching Robert Shaw’s character recount the ordeal in Jaws. Believing that justice was miscarried, Scott spoke before Congress and had McAvay’s record corrected…thirty-three years after his suicide. Hey, better late than never though. (THR)