Music video director Anthony Mandler is in talks to make his feature debut on The Last Days of American Crime, Deadline reports, replacing F. Gary Gray on the adaptation of the Radical Publishing comic series. Gray, best known for The Italian Job, signed on to the project in May 2011, with production initially set to begin in September, after star Sam Worthington wrapped Wrath of the Titans.
Written by Rick Remender with art by Greg Tocchini, The Last Days of American Crime is set in a near-future where, in a final response to terrorism and crime, the U.S. government secretly plans to broadcast a signal that would make it impossible for anyone to knowingly commit an unlawful act. Worthington plays Graham Bricke, a career criminal who leads a team determined to pull off the last crime in American history. Remender wrote the first draft of the script, with Karl Gajdusek (Dead Like Me) brought in to take another stab at it.
Mandler has worked with a variety of artists, from Snoop Dogg and Rihanna to The Killers and Mary J. Blige.