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'Last Days of American Crime' Gets New Director, Loses Worthington

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March 13, 2012
Source: Deadline

The Last Days of American Crime

Back in 2009, a pre-Avatar Sam Worthington signed on to star in a film version of Rick Remeder's comic The Last Days of American Crime. The Italian Job and The Negotiator director F. Gary Gray stepped in to direct, and it looked as if cameras were going to roll last September. That never happened, and both Gray and Worthington are no longer attached to the film. But that doesn't mean it's not still moving forward. Deadline reports commercial and music video director Anthony Mandler will direct the movie, and they also mention the original Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Noomi Rapace, potentially involved.

The Last Days of American Crime is set in a futuristic world in which America has seen a second major terrorist attack on our soil, so technology is created to remove the population's impulse to commit crime. The protagonist, once to be played by Worthington, leads a heist set to take place five days before the impulse is removed completely. Comic creator Rick Remeder wrote the first draft of the script, which was subsequently rewritten by Karl Gajdusek. There's no start date announced yet for the production.

Deadline says Noomi Rapace was attached at one point, but they're not sure if the actress is still involved at this point. Mandler will make his feature directorial debut with this movie, but he's made a career directing music videos for big names like Rihanna, Jay-Z, Maroon 5, and Eminem (ironically enough, two of those artists have gone on to spawn acting careers now). I don't envy the rookie director in this situation, since the story sounds similar enough to warrant comparisons to Minority Report and no first-time director should have to be compared to Steven Spielberg their first time out. Thoughts?

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  • MrChunk
    Hey, Ben. I enjoy your articles and am not trying to bossy, but if you substituted a different pic in for this thread, the comments would take off. In the comic, there's a femme fatale-like girl with tattoos of a white star on her shoulder. Put her atop your header. :)
    • peloquin
      Don't listen to MrChunk, we have Ethan for pics like that and we don't need two perverts on FS ;o)
      • MrChunk
        Sex sells...am I wrong?
  • Lucky
    Sam Worthington is a horrible actor. They dodged a bullet.
  • FRinGe
    FYI, Last Days of American Crime is absolutely nothing like Minority Report. The plot takes place in the days BEFORE the crime-inhibiting broadcast takes place, and focuses on a guy putting together a crew for one last heist. It's a brilliant book, and matching the visceral tone and pacing of the book without falling into music video tropes will be the toughest challenge for a rookie director. Hopefully the guy doesn't try to put his own spin on Remender and Tocchini's vision. This is a comic that could play exactly the same in a film, for sure. I'd give my right arm for a chance to direct this ;p

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