Sam Worthington Signs on for Adaptation of Upcoming Comic Series THE LAST DAYS OF AMERICAN CRIME

     November 19, 2009


Here’s hoping that Sam Worthington is the real deal.  He was good in Terminator Salvation (although he had some trouble nailing down an American accent and occasionally lapsed back into his native Australian) but he’ll have to win over audiences in a big way with his leading performances in Avatar and Clash of the Titans if he wants to lessen the inevitable backlash towards him for having the audacity to be a rising star in Hollywood.

Thankfully, Worthington is playing it smart and not trying to be the biggest star in every upcoming blockbuster.  He’ll just be one of the biggest co-stars in the upcoming adaptation of the upcoming comic book series The Last Days of American Crime.  Hit the jump for details.

last_days_of_american_crime_comic_book_cover_01.jpgHere’s how describes the plot of the sci-fi crime thriller:

In a near-future America, news has broken that, in a matter of weeks, the government is set to roll out mind-control technology that will kill the criminal impulse in all citizens. Chaos descends on America’s cities as the country braces for the new order. Career criminal Graham Brick is forced to accelerate the heist of his career with an untested new crew in order to beat the deadline.

The comic’s creator and writer Rick Remender describes it as “…really motivated by Mamet’s ‘Heist’ film and James Ellroy’s [novel] ‘American Tabloid’.”  I think that’s kind of a slam to Mamet and Ellroy because what you have is an interesting and horrifying sci-fi scenario used as a backdrop for a character that’s more concerned about his heist masterpiece than having his thoughts controlled by the government.  Also, the character’s name is “Graham Brick”?  Really?

Worthington would play “Kevin Cash, the safecracker who (along with his beautiful girlfriend Shelby) is enlisted in the heist at the last minute.”  I don’t want to be too harsh on the comic since the first issue doesn’t hit stores until December so it could be good (although “Graham Brick”?  Really?).  The project is still in the process of filling out the cast, attaching a director, and finding a studio.  Remender is handling the screenplay.

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