The Last Days Of American Crime May Have New Helmer

By Kristy Puchko 2012-03-13 09:16:16discussion comments
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The last time we heard about a film adaptation of the Radical Publishing graphic novel The Last Days of American Crime, the thriller was slated to star Sam Worthington with Law Abiding Citizen's F. Gary Gray lined up to direct. However, Deadline has just revealed that buzzed about music video/commercial director Anthony Mandler is now in negotiations to helm the feature, with no mention of Worthington at all. Instead, Swedish stunner Noomi Rapace (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) was recently rumored to be attached, but it's unknown if she's still set to star.

So what do we know about the latest incarnation of this adaptation? Well, Rick Remender, author of the comic, wrote the s first attempt at The Last Days of American Crime's screenplay, but Dead Like Me writer and story editor Karl Gajdusek has been brought on board to polish the most recent drafts. The story is set in the not-so-distant future, in which America is shaken by fear following a second horrendous terrorist attack. In response, the government decides to prevent future attacks by unleashing a broadcast signal that would kill the impulse to willfully commit crimes. This inspires career criminal Graham Bricke to pull off one last, major heist before the signal is transmitted, putting an end to his way of life forever.

It's a compelling concept that could easily be packed with sleek stars, social commentary, and plenty of high-octane action. Unfortunately, there's no word on when The Last Days of American Crime would go into production, or what impact Mandler's involvement may have on Vlad, a vampire drama he's attached to helm for Plan B. Still, would Mandler be a good fit for The Last Days of American Crime? Check out "Man Down" the controversial music video he directed for Rihanna below, and weigh in on comments:


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