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