Whether you’re a closet historian or simply a big fan of Steven Spielberg’s Jaws, you’ll likely be familiar with the harrowing tale of the USS Indianapolis, a doomed cruiser of the US navy that sunk beneath the icy waves of the Pacific Ocean in 1945.
Sabotaged by Japanese submarines, the devastating attack sent more than 900 survivors plummeting into the Pacific without so much of a distress signal to call for help. Out of the frying pan and into the freezer, those men and women were left fending off starvation, dehydration and a school of deadly sharks – a tale told in chilling, unforgettable fashion by Quint all those years ago.
Now, it’ll leap onto the big screen in the form of USS Indianapolis: Men Of Courage, a maritime epic that has enlisted the likes of Tom Sizemore and Nicolas Cage as a captain under fire. No US release date has been set – Mario Van Peebles’ thriller has to date only made its bow in the Philippines – but the international trailer has bubbled to the surface nevertheless.
It clocks in at three minutes in length, cramming in an almost overwhelming amount of extravagant, borderline-soppy content. Can Mario Van Peebles lavish epic prove its doubters wrong? Time will tell.
Here’s the logline:
“The harrowing true story of the crew of the USS Indianapolis, who were stranded in the Philippine Sea for five days after delivering the atomic weapons that would eventually end WWII. As they awaited rescue, they endured extreme thirst, hunger, and relentless shark attacks.”
No word yet on when USS Indianapolis: Men Of Courage will dock in theaters, but we’ll keep you posted nonetheless.