Robert Downey Jr. and wife producing…
‘Get On Up’ and ‘The Help’ helmer Tate Taylor is to take the director’s chair for an untitled drama about America’s World War II battleship the USS Indianapolis.
Per Deadline, the Mike Jones-scripted film is set in 1996 and tells the true story of 11-year-old Hunter Scott who, after watching Steven Spielberg’s ‘Jaws,’ was inspired to research the real life story of the U.S.S. Indianapolis and how the warship was sunk by torpedoes in July 1945 on its return voyage from delivering the Hiroshima bomb. Through his research, Scott discovered how the battleship’s captain, Charles McVay, was unjustly court-martialed over the incident.
The film is set up at Warner Bros. with Robert Downey Jr, Susan Downey and David Gambino producing through their Team Downey banner.
“We are excited about Tate’s unique visual and narrative approach in telling this complex story which features multiple time periods and many perspectives,” said Susan Downey in a statement. “Mike is a skilled partner who will help shepherd Tate’s creative vision and we are thrilled to have both as part of our team.”