Tom Cruise and his “Edge of Tomorrow” director Doug Liman are in talks to re-team on the crime drama “Mena” at Universal Pictures and Cross Creek.
The fact-based tale follows Barry Seal, a 1980s pilot who was also a gun runner and trafficker that smuggled contraband for both the CIA and the Medellin cartel.
He ultimately was shot to death by the cartel in Baton Rouge. Cruise already has one qualification for the role as he’s an accomplished pilot in his own right.
Gary Spinelli penned the drama which Doug Davison, Brian Grazer, Brian Oliver and Tyler Thompson will produce. Filming aims to begin later this year.
Cruise isn’t the only one planning a true story drug trade tale. Legendary Pictures is planning a film adaptation of a 2011 Rolling Stone article which would be a starring vehicle for “Sons of Anarchy” and “Pacific Rim” actor Charlie Hunnam.
The story follows Edgar Valdez, a Texan high school football player who became the only U.S. citizen to rise to the level of cartel leader in Mexico. Based in Acapulco and nicknamed ‘La Barbie’, he moved millions in drugs from Colombia and brutally executed his rivals.
“American Sniper” scribe Jason Hall has been hired to write the script with Hunnam, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner producing.