Director Ron Howard has attached himself to direct a new film project called Mena. Universal Pictures acquired the spec script from Gary Spinelli for a million dollars.
The film will tell the true story of Barry Seal, "a portly pilot who, in the 1980s, was a 300-pound gun runner, and drug trafficker who transported contraband for the CIA and the Medellin cartel. He was eventually shot to death in Baton Rouge by the latter. The title refers to Mena, Arkansas, where a lot of the illegal activity took place, under the noses of Ronald Reagan, George Bush Sr., and then Arkansas governor Bill Clinton." For more information on the story of Seal click here.
This will be a great project for Howard to take on. I've always enjoyed the movies he's made, and his last film Rush was freakin' awesome. I have no doubt that he will turn the story of Barry Seal into a great film.