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Hannibal Pictures has set “USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage” for a June shoot in Alabama with Mario Van Peebles (pictured above) directing.

The project, which has been in development since 2011, centers on the ship being sunk the South Pacific in July 1945 after delivering critical parts for the first atomic bomb. 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.

The original script was written by Hannibal’s Cam Cannon and Richard Rionda Del Castro. Producing are Richard Rionda Del Castro and Michael Mendelsohn. Exec producers are Patricia Eberle, Hayley Magouirk Arabia, Cam Cannon and Timothy Patrick Cavanaugh.

The film is financed by Patriot Pictures.

“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, »


- Dave McNary

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