WB acquires USS Indianapolis tale

Robert and Susan Downey to produce real-life story of Hunter Scott

Warner Bros. has come on board to the aftermath story of 1945 sinking of the USS Indianapolis, setting up the long-in-development project with Robert and Susan Downey at their Warner-based Team Downey shingle.

Studio’s acquired life rights to Hunter Scott, who helped exonerate the court-martialed captain of the Indianapolis, and tapped Robert Schenkkan (HBO’s “The Pacific”) to pen the script for the untitled project, previously dubbed “U.S.S. Indianapolis” and “The Good Sailor.”

Project first went into development 1998 at Universal when Scott was 13 — two years after he’d begun research for a school history project that led to a re-examination of the case of Capt. Charles McVeigh, the only captain to be court-martialed for the sinking of his ship during WWII. The ship was torpedoed by a Japanese sub shortly after delivering parts for the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima.

Jon Berg is overseeing the project for Warners and David Gambino is overseeing for Team Downey.

Chris Moore (“Good Will Hunting”) was the original producer in 1998. Robert Nelson Jacobs was tapped to pen a version in 2006 with J.J. Abrams attached to direct.

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