Seith Mann Helming 'Miss: Better Living Through Crime' Film

August 18, 2010
Source: Heat Vision

Miss: Better Living Through Crime

It was first announced last year that Spike Lee would producing an adaptation of a gritty, noir graphic novel called Miss: Better Living Through Crime that Antoine Fuqua would direct. But in the last year, Fuqua has attached himself to a handful of other projects, so it makes sense that Heat Vision is now reporting that another director is taking over the project. Seith Mann, a TV director who has worked on shows like "The Wire" and "Fringe," will write and direct Miss: Better Living Through Crime as his feature debut. Spike Lee is still executive producing, but Hicham Benkirane will come on as producer via Vigilante Entertainment.

Miss: Better Living Through Crime, set in 1920s NYC, revolves around Nola, a white femme fatale who grew up an orphan, and stylin' Slim, a smooth-talking Harlem pimp with gambling troubles. The unlikely interracial pair partner as murderers-for-hire. “It's really held together by their love story, which is what allows them to keep going," Benkirane said. "What is interesting is that it's a period of racism, and they use that to their advantage. It's a weapon in their arsenal." Interesting, very interesting. "Watching Seith's work, you see he really knows how to develop characters and show their humanity," Benkirane says. "In addition to that, he really gets that universe, that particular time in American history and the noir world." Sounds like he's the right guy for the job, even moreso than Fuqua.

I haven't read the graphic novel (it was originally a French graphic novel published by Les Humanoides) but it sounds like a gritty story and I'm curious to see who Mann casts and how it all comes together. As always, we'll continue to keep you updated. And if interested, you can find a copy of the graphic novel on Amazon.

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