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Mario Van Peebles to direct USS: Indianapolis movie

Mario Van Peebles

Story by Jack Foley

MARIO Van Peebles is to start directing a film about the USS: Indianapolis in Alabama in June 2014.

USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage will focus on the ship being sunk in the South Pacific in July 1945 on its way back from delivering critical parts for the first atomic bomb.

Of the 1,196 crewmen on board, approximately 300 went down with the ship, while the rest faced exposure, dehydration, salt water poisoning and shark attacks as they waited for assistance. Only 317 sailors survived.

The events became famous following the speech given by Robert Shaw’s character in a seminal moment from Steven Spielberg’s Jaws.

Cam Cannon and Richard Rionda Del Castro have written a script, while the US Navy has also collaborated on final drafts to ensure accuracy.

Van Peebles commented: “Ultimately this is the tale of ordinary servicemen on opposite sides of the conflict who find themselves trapped in the extraordinary circumstances that war can thrust upon us. It is the personal stories of these men, their heroism and sacrifice I find timeless and most compelling.”

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