Sunday, May 19, 2024

Tom Cruise Film in Trouble? “Mena” Now Called “American Made” Moved from January to September 2017


Tom Cruise will only have one movie this fall, “Jack Reacher 2: The Search for a Plot.” His other movie, set for January 2017, has just been moved.

“Mena,” a film with a lot of baggage, will now wait until September 29th, 2017. It was supposed to be released right after New Years.

Doug Liman directed it, and you know he makes good movies. But “Mena,” which is now called “American Made,” has had a lot of problems. A plane crash in Colombia on September 11, 2015 killed two people connected to the production.

Universal scheduled “Mena” for January 6th, which is like saying, this movie was so bad we didn’t know where to put it. But it must be very bad if they’re going to wait almost 10 months. Can re-shoots and new editing help it? This gives the 21 listed producers time to figure it out.

Like “Jack Reacher 2,” this Tom Cruise film doesn’t have an expensive cast. Cruise takes up so much of the budget that the rest of his casts (except for the “Mission Impossible” movies) are largely unknown. But the based on a true story of drug dealing in Colombia sounds convoluted and plot heavy without too much emphasis on character.

And that new title? “American Made”? Why not call it “Film 3,488”? Couldn’t think of a more generic title?

This too shall pass. Everyone will move on, and “Mena” will go to cable. It’s tough out there.

PS This is one of the movies that prevented Cruise from seeing his 9 year old daughter, Suri. He is very busy.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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