David Ayer Directing Futuristic Action Movie Last Man
by Alex Billington
March 9, 2009
New Regency has bought a pitch from David Ayer (seen above) for a futuristic action movie called Last Man. In the movie, a hardened captain assigned to protect an outpost on a distant planet must lead a group of young, inexperienced American soldiers in battle against an alien race. Ayer will write the script and eventually direct, with Erwin Stoff (A Scanner Darkly, The Day the Earth Stood Still) and Scott Stuber (The Kingdom, Role Models) producing. The concept in this reminds me a bit of Starship Troopers, although since we don't know anything else about the story, I've got a feeling it will be nothing like that in the end.
I'm a sucker for all things sci-fi and war, so when I first heard about this, I was pretty excited. But then I remembered that I've still got a love/hate relationship with David Ayer. I absolutely hated Harsh Times, his first film, but I actually enjoyed Street Kings, his second film, even though I know it got panned by critics. Ayer is actually a fairly good writer - he wrote the scripts for U-571, Fast and the Furious, Training Day, and S.W.A.T. - he's just not the greatest director. But maybe he'll have improved a lot with experience for his third film. Either way, I'll be anxious to see how this develops, since I'm already digging the concept.