Robert Downey Jr to make WWII shark attack film

'Iron Man' actor to tell the story of the sinking of the USS Indianapolis

Robert Downey Jr and his partner Susan Downey have teamed up with Warner Bros to tell the story of the sinking of the USS Indianapolis.

The story of the boat’s demise, and the sailors’ subsequent wait for rescue in shark-infested waters, was most famously told in Jaws by Robert Shaw‘s shark hunter Quint.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the new take on the tale sees the focus rest on an 11-year-old boy, Hunter Scott, who while researching for a history competition, discovered that the captain of the Indianapolis had been wrongly court-martialed.

Warner Bros and Downey Jr’s company, Team Downey, have bought the life rights to Hunter Scott.

Robert Schenkken, writer of the HBO drama The Pacific, has been hired to tackle the script. He was nominated for an Emmy for his work on the televised WWII drama.

Last month, it was announced that the writers of American Psycho and Taxi Driver, Bret Easton Ellis and Paul Schrader, were to team up for a shark attack movie called ‘Bait’.

Robert Downey Jr will next appear in front of the camera for Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows to be released in the UK on December 16.