Commercials and music videos have become the de facto training ground for Hollywood directors nowadays, replacing TV as the main place top-flight talent first gets discovered. The latest getting a shot a Hollywood is Anthony Mandler, who has worked with Rihanna, Jay-Z and Eminem on music videos and with David Beckham on commercials, and is now in early talks to direct his first film, The Last Days of American Crime, taking over from the previously attached F. Gary Gray.
Noomi Rapace and Sam Worthington are already attached to the movie, which is based on a graphic novel by Rick Remender. Here’s the official synopsis: ‘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 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.’
It’s not known when the film may start shooting.