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In Jaws, Robert Shaw delivers what is easily one of the best monologues in film history. After night has fallen and the crew has gathered together in the cabin, Quint tells Brody and Hooper of his time on the USS Indianapolis during World War II. Based on a true tragedy that left hundreds of men dead, the USS Indianapolis was struck by Japanese torpedoes on July 30, 1945 and sunk in just 12 minutes. Because nobody knew that the ship had gone down, 880 men floated in the Pacific Ocean for four days, dying of thirst, hypothermia and shark attacks. Of the nearly 1,200 crew members, only 316 sailors survived. It's a truly horrifying tale and now Team Downey, the production company created by Robert Downey Jr. and his wife, Susan, and Warner Bros. are planning to bring it to the big screen...but not in the way that you think.
THR has learned that a project is in development that will see the story through the eyes of an 11-year-old boy named Hunter Scott. In 1996, Scott first saw the monologue I mentioned above, and became increasingly interested in the event and Charles McVay, the ship's court-martialed captain. Listening to survivors who believed that the action against McVay was unwarranted, the young kid researched the events and eventually went in front of Congress to try and reverse the ruling. While McVay committed suicide in 1968, legislation passed in October 2000 and McVay's record was cleared in July 2001 thanks to Scott's work.
Robert Schenkkan, one of the writers on the HBO miniseries The Pacificm, has been hired to write the screenplay based on a story presented by the Downeys. This is actually not the first time an attempt has been made to bring Hunter Scott's story to the big screen, as J.J. Abrams attempted to make the movie with Universal back in 2000, but the project was put into turnaround.
Now, because I love you all, Quint's monologue. You didn't think I'd end this article without it, did you?