The people making the movie ‘U.S.S. Indianapolis, Men of Courage’ are now shooting scenes on the Alabama Battleship. Director Mario Van Peebles is using the battleship as a stand-in for the World War II Cruiser U.S.S. Indianapolis.
The movie will tell the story of the sailors who were left to survive the sea, thirst, hunger and shark attacks after their ship was sunk by the Japanese. Producers say they chose to shoot here partly because of the Alabama.
This week’s shooting schedule comes in the wake of one that saw a big mishap last week. As scenes were being shot in open water off Orange Beach, a vintage PBY Catalina being used for those scenes began taking on water and had to be beached. It became a casualty as salvage efforts failed and the plane broke apart.
Producers say they remain on schedule.
U.S.S. Indianapolis, Men of Courage is set for release sometime next year.