Anthony Mandler is in demand as a commercial/music video director, and hopes to parlay that status into a chance at the movies. Mandler has been linked to the Dracula reimagining Vlad and the Zac Efron vehicle Die in a Gunfight, but both are still in development. Instead, the graphic novel adaptation The Last Days of American Crime could jump the queue to become Mandler’s feature debut. The script by Karl Gajdusek (Dead Like Me) is set in the future, when America develops the technology to eliminate the criminal impulse in response to a major terrorist attack: “The protagonist leads a heist team that plans to pull off a final job five days before the signal rubs out the criminal instinct.”
Sam Worthington signed on for a supporting role in 2009, and Deadline says Noomi Rapace was attached to star at one point. It is unclear if either actor is still involved with the project, thought it is probably a bad sign that the planned September 2011 start date for a production directed by F. Gary Gray came and went. Hit the jump for a synopsis of the comic and a sampling of Mandler’s music video work.
The official synopsis for Book 1 of The Last Days of American Crime:
In the not-too-distant future as a final response to terrorism and crime, the U.S. government plans in secret to broadcast a signal making it impossible for anyone to knowingly commit unlawful acts. To keep this from the public, the government creates a distraction, installing a new currency system using digital charge cards.
Enter: Graham Bricke. A career criminal never quite able to hit the big score, Graham intends to steal one of the charging stations, skip the country and live off unlimited funds for the rest of his life. But the media has leaked news of the anti-crime signal one week before it was to go live…and now Graham and his team have just a few days to turn the crime of the century into the last crime in American history. [Amazon]