Saban Films is on board to distribute.
Mario Van Peebles will direct from a script by Cam Cannon and Hannibal Classics principal Richard Rionda Del Castro. Producers are Rionda Del Castro and Michael Mendelsohn of Patriot Pictures, which is financing “Men of Courage” with Hannibal Classics.
Ness Saban and Saban Films president Bill Bromiley will exec produce along with Patricia Eberle, Timothy Patrick Cavanaugh, Dama Claire, Jamal Hanan, Mariusz Lukomski and Frederico Lapenda.
Cage, who starred in “Tokarev” for Hannibal, will take on the role of Capt. Charles Butler McVay, whose ship was torpedoed in the South Pacific in July 1945, after delivering parts for the first atomic bombs. Their mission was classified, so the Indianapolis was not reported missing until four days later.
Of 1,196 crewmen aboard, approximately 300 went down with the ship, while the rest faced exposure, dehydration, saltwater poisoning and shark attacks as they waited for assistance. Only 317 sailors survived, and McVay was court-martialed, then exonerated more than half a century later.
Sizemore is repped by Primary Wave Management.