A movie about the U.S.S Indianapolis is in the works in Mobile and a local Gulfport man has an opportunity to portray his grandfather in the movie. News 25’s Kristen Durand shares the story of local World War II veteran Granville Crane as he remembers his days spent stranded in the South Pacific. Floating through shark infested water, not knowing if rescue is on the way: that’s how WWII Navy veteran Granville S. Crane felt after his ship, the U.S.S. Indianapolis, was struck by a Japanese torpedo.
Michael Emery’s uncle, William Friend Emery, was one of those who didn’t survive. The family now treasures the Super 8 film they have showing the man who was lovingly known as “Billy” just before he went on his first and last mission at age 19.
Indianapolis Captain Charles McVay sent a handwritten letter of condolence to Billy’s father.
“(He was) saying that he actually knew my uncle, standing watch on the bridge, being part of N-division, but also saying I didn’t know what happened to your boy, but I knew him well before the ship sank,” Emery said.
Beachgoers at Orange Beach on the Alabama Gulf Coast got a surfside view this week when a vintage Navy PBY plane used during filming of USS Indianapolis: Men Of Courage landed offshore and began to take on water. No one was injured and the pilot and co-pilot were rescued safely. Production on the movie, which stars Nicolas Cage, Thomas Jane, Matt Lanter and Tom Sizemore, was halted temporarily during efforts to save the flying boat that ultimately broke apart during salvage operations.
‘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.
Film actor Nicolas Cage caused quite a stir while filming part of the movie “USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage” in Orange Beach over the last couple of weeks. Fans were able to capture the star in photographs but David Walter was able to capture something else. “We have his hand prints and they will be installed in a pyramid reef along with a granite plaque with his name.”
On Tuesday, a movie star and a war hero met on a Bienville Square bench.
After filming a scene for the WWII disaster movie "USS Indianapolis:Men of Courage," Nicolas Cage sat down to chat with one of the actual men of courage: Navy veteran and Alabama native Richard Stephens, 88.
Stephens is a survivor of the 1945 sinking of the USS Indianapolis, the cruiser that delivered the atomic bomb to the South Pacific island of Tinian where it was retrieved by the plane that dropped it on Hiroshima.
EXCLUSIVE: Cody Walker, who helped Universal Pictures get Furious 7 back on the road following the tragic death of his brother Paul Walker, has landed his first significant feature film role as an actor. Cody Walker, who looks very much like his sibling and stood in for him in F7, has landed a major supporting role in USS Indianapolis.
Our labor of love, USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage, has been in development for nearly five years. While in Berlin for the recent European Film Market, Writer/Producer Richard Rionda Del Castro discussed journey of bringing this ambitious film to the big screen.