Universal acquires crime drama spec script “Mena” written by Gary Spinelli. From Deadline:
The spec is a fact-based tale about 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 by the latter in Baton Rouge. The title refers to Mena, Arkansas, where a lot of the illegal activity took place, under the noses of Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and then-Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton.
The deal is for a reported $1 million plus a blind script commitment with Sony also a bidder. Ron Howard is attached to direct, Brian Grazer to produce.
Spinelli is repped by Gersh.
By my count, this is 8th spec script sale this year.
There were 7 spec script sales year-to-date in 2013.