Back in November 2009, before Sam Worthington broke out with Avatar but after he had garnered some attention for Termination Salvation, he signed on to star in an adaptation of the comic book The Last Days of American Crime. And the project has been silent until today. Deadline is reporting that director F. Gary Gray (Law Abiding Citizen) will helm the project, which centers on a group of thieves who plan to pull off a heist before America launches a new mind-control technology that will erase the criminal impulse in all citizens. Karl Gajdusek (Horizons) is rewriting the script.
While Worthington has a slew of projects at his disposal, Deadline reports that he’ll do American Crime as his follow up to the Clash of the Titans sequel. Shooting is expected to begin in September. Hit the jump for the comic’s official synopsis.
Here’s the official synopsis for Rick Remender’s The Last Days of American Crime:
From critically-acclaimed writer Rick Remender comes a fast-paced, futuristic crime story.
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 Brick. 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 of 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. [Radical Publishing]