Universal pounced on Gary Spinelli’s based-on-truth drug pilot spec script Mena last year, throwing down a million dollars to secure the rights. Ron Howard briefly considered making it, but now ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ star and his director, Doug Liman, are in talks to take over instead.
The title refers to Mena, Arkansas, the site of much of the action in the extraordinary life of Barry Seal, the focus of the film. Seal was a pilot for TWA in the 1970s who lost his job when he was caught flying plastic explosives from Miami to Mexico for an anti-Castro group. He subsequently went solo as an aviation consultant, and began a lucrative second career smuggling cannabis and cocaine between South and North America, eventually getting entangled with the notorious Colombian Medellin Cartel.
When he was caught, he made deals with the CIA and DEA to continue his activities as an informant and spy. His adventures saw him encounter infamous names like Pablo Escobar and Jorge Luis Ochoa Vasquez, expose political corruption in Nicaragua and have no small part in kicking off the Iran Contra Affair. Seal was assassinated in Baton Rouge by the Medellins in 1986.
This could be a meaty, controversial role for Tom and Liman feels like the right man to make it. It’ll all depend, however, on whether they actually lock in deals. Should that happen, expect the cameras to roll later this year.
We’ve updated the gallery with various pics of Tom duing the promotion for ‘Lions for Lambs’ in 2007. Enjoy them!
|TRL- November 5th 2007|
Thanks to one of our dear members we can enjoy this video of Tom on set of movie ‘Super 8’ in 2010. The video appear as an easter egg in the Blu-ray of the movie.
You can also see screencaps in our gallery.
Tom has been nominated for the 2015 Critics’ Choice Award as Best Actor in an Action Movie for ‘Edge of Tomorrow’. The movie has also been nominated for Best Action Movie, Best Actress in an Action Movie (Emily Blunt) and Best Visual Effects.
The winners will be revealed at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, which will broadcast live on A&E from the Hollywood Palladium on January 15th at 9pm ET/ 6pm PT.
Tom was spotted at ‘Cats The Musical’ at The London Palladium last night. He posed for pics with the cast and with Formula 1 Racing Car Driver Lewis Hamilton (his girlfriend’s Nicole Scherzinger performs at the show). This is not the first time that Tom and Hamilton meet when Tom is in London. Hamilton went to visit Tom on set when he was filming ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ in February of 2013 and he had previously attended the premiere of ‘Jack Reacher’ in London in 2012.
We’ve added 276 HQ’s of Tom filming scenes for Mission: Impossible 5 in Piccadilly Circus (London) last night.