Mario Van Peebles (New Jack City) is aboard to direct this one, with Nicolas Cage (Kick-Ass) starring as Captain Charles Butler McVay, who was in charge of the ship during a mission to supply parts for the atomic bomb when Japanese torpedoes sank it in July 1945. Approximately 300 of the 1196 crew went down with the ship and the remaining 880 faced dehydration, exposure and shark attacks while awaiting rescue. Only 321 were ultimately plucked from the water, and of those just 316 survived.
McVay ended up court-martialled, but thanks to the research of 11-year-old Hunter Scott, who in 1996 was inspired by Steven Spielberg's Jaws (1975) to write a report about the vessel and her ill-fated crew for a History Day competition, he was exonerated.
Hannibal Classics are producing this one, with Cam Cannon (Rage) and Richard Rionda Del Castro (Partners In Action) providing the script. The filmmakers are looking to get this one out ahead of Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), who has a competing project about the tragedy gearing up with Tate Taylor (The Help) attached to direct.