Two aerial photographers lost their lives in a plane crash in Medelin, Colombia during the filming of Tom Cruise’s latest movie, Mena. The two casualties have been identified as Alan David Purwin and Carlos Berl. Jimmy Lee Garland, who was also on-board the flight, was left with severe injuries and is being treated in a Medelin hospital; Cruise was not involved in the crash.
Purwin, founder of aerial surveillance company Helinet Technologies, was recently showcased during Variety’s Artisans video series, where he discussed aerial photography and his desire to “de-risk” filming in dangerous conditions.
The plane involved in the crash was a twin-engine Aerostar, which was brought down in the Alto de la Clarita mountains due to severe weather.
“An aircraft carrying crew members crashed while returning to Enrique Olaya Herrera Airport in Medellin following production wrap on the film ‘Mena’ resulting in two fatalities,” a statement from Universal reads. “Further details are not available at this time. On behalf of the production, our hearts and prayers go out to the crew members and their families at this difficult time.”
Mena, directed by Edge of Tomorrow and The Bourne Ultimatum helmer Doug Liman, has been filming in Colombia since August. The film tells the story of real-life American pilot Barry Seal, played by Cruise, who flew for Colombian drug baron Pablo Escobar before turning spy for the Drug Enforcement Agency.
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Top Gun 2 has been in development for coming up to 5 whole years now, when the first plans were released Tom Cruise was to play a small role in the film. But now the project has taken off Cruise is to have a starring role in the latest film.
The film should be released in 3D and IMAX, David Ellison stated:
“Absolutely, I think this is a movie that should be in 3-D and in IMAX, and again something that you can shoot practically. As everyone knows with Tom, he is 100% going to want to be in those airplanes shooting it practically.”
Ellison also said:
” It is very much a world we live in today where it’s drone technology and fifth generation fighters are really what the United States Navy is calling the last man-made fighter that we’re actually going to produce so it’s really exploring the end of an era of dogfighting and fighter pilots and what that culture is today are all fun things that we’re gonna get to dive into in this movie.”
From this it’s clear that they’re going to explore the world of drones in the new film. I’m not sure if it will be on par with Good Kill. I guess we’ll see.
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Even after 20 years of being grounded, it looks like the Top Gun sequel is finally set to take off as Paramount gets behind the sequel to give it the shake up it needed. It’s long been known that the sequel was in the works, but after ten years in development hell and the death of the original director Tony Scott, it was long believed that things had been abandoned.
As with most things in the movie industry, all you need is a big cheque book and Paramount of got Tom Cruise on board to reprise his role, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and even writer Justin Marks is on board to try fix up the since abandoned script draft from Peter Craig.
Personally I think this film is going to be utter guff, I just can’t imagine it gaining the same iconic status as it once did, but no doubt enough people will line up on day one to justify the cost of making it.
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