LOS ANGELES: Hollywood star Tom Cruise’s “Mena” is now titled “American Made”.
Its release date has also been changed from January 6, 2017, to September 29, 2017, Universal Pictures announced.
“American Made” is the latest collaboration between Cruise and director Doug Liman, who helmed “Edge of Tomorrow”.
“American Made” is based on the real-life exploits of Barry Seal, a hustler for drug kingpin Pablo Escobar and pilot unexpectedly recruited by the CIA to run one of the biggest covert operations in US history, one that almost brought down President Ronald Reagan through the Iran Contra scandal.
Cruise, himself a trained pilot, plays Seal.
Production on American Made took a tragic turn last September, when American film pilot Alan Purwin and camera man Carlos Berl of Colombia died in a plane crash as they traveled in Colombia from Santa Fe de Antioquia to Medellín.
Purwin’s widow, Kathryn Purwin, sued producers Cross Creek Pictures, Imagine Entertainment, Vendian Entertainment, and Quadrant Pictures for wrongful death.
Cruise was in production on the movie at the time of the accident, but was not on the plane.
The full cast alongside Cruise includes Domhnall Gleeson, Sarah Wright (Marry Me), Jesse Plemons, Caleb Landry Jones (X-Men: First Class), Jayma Mays (Glee), Benito Martinez (House of Cards), E. Roger Mitchell (Selma), Lola Kirke (Gone Girl), and Alejandro Edda (The Bridge).
Gary Spinelli (Stash House) wrote up the first draft of the script, but as final screenwriting credits have yet to be released, it’s possible that Edge of Tomorrow collaborator Christopher McQuarrie might pop in for another pass.