Tom Cruise Cartel Movie ‘Mena’ Gets New Title, Release Date

Doug Liman film made headlines for a fatal on-set plane crash last fall

Last Updated: August 8, 2016 @ 6:09 PM

Universal Pictures has retitled Tom Cruise‘s latest action flick “Mena,” and pushed the release date ahead on the 2017 schedule.

Now called “American Made,” the Doug Liman picture made international news in September 2015 when a plane shuttling crew members on set in Colombia crashed, killing two on board.

Previously dated for Jan. 6, 2017, the movie will now open on Sept. 29 of the same year.

The script was written by Gary Spinelli, and Cruise will star with Domhnall Gleeson and Lola Kirke. Cross Creek produced the project with Universal on board to distribute.

“American Made” is a drama based on the true story of a former TWA pilot who worked for the late cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar and later became a DEA informant.

Last fall, the twin-engine Aerostar ran into bad weather one September afternoon after taking off from a small colonial town near Medellin in the South American country, TheWrap previously reported.

“On behalf of the production, our hearts and prayers go out to the crew members and their families at this difficult time,” the studio commented at the time.

Cruise, who also happens to be a trained pilot, was a month into production when the incident occurred.

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