It would appear that Sam Worthington and F. Gary Gray have been canned in favor of an unknown. As Deadline reports, The Last Days of American Crime — a big screen take on Radical Publishing’s comic — is soon to be under the control of commercial and music video director Anthony Mandler.
The aforementioned acting and directing duo were pegged as the creative team in May and tasked to take on Karl Gajdusek‘s script which, like the Rick Remender-penned comic, “takes place in the future, as America responds to a second major terrorism attack by developing technology that eliminates the impulse to commit crimes of any kind.” Our lead, Graham Bricke, is a career criminal who “plans to pull off a final job five days before the signal rubs out the criminal instinct.” The only actor mentioned in the story is Noomi Rapace; her participation is completely up in the air, though.
Reasons behind this switch haven’t been cited anywhere — I’ll assume it’s something simple, like busy schedules or high salaries — so we just have to take the news as is. In the meantime, I won’t take it as bad, either; we all know that the music video-to-filmmaker path can turn end badly (where do you even begin?), but that would be to ignore the ones which turned out beautifully (Fincher, Jonze, and Gondry being the obvious bright spots). Being unfamiliar with his work makes Mandler a true wild card, sure, but I’ll take some promising upstart over F. Gary Gray at every turn.
Have you read the comic, and if so, does this news concern you? Are you familiar with any of Mandler’s work?
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