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Worthington Signs on for AMERICAN CRIME

AVATAR actor to topline comic book movie

By Rob M. Worley     November 18, 2009

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Comics creator Rick Remender has revealed to Mania.com that actor Sam Worthington has signed to appear in a filmed adaptation of the upcoming Radical Publishing title 'The Last Days of American Crime'.

The book, created and written by Remender and illustrated by Greg Tocchini, is a heist thriller told against a sci fi backdrop.

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. What could possibly go wrong?

"It's really motivated by Mamet's 'Heist' film and James Ellroy's [novel] 'American Tabloid'," Remender explained. "Ellroy being an example of the kind of hard-boiled crime that has a socio-political backdrop and Mamet's 'Heist' a very well-thought out film that focuses on the heist itself."

Worthington, seen recently in 'Terminator: Salvation' and returning next month in James Cameron's 'Avatar' will take the role of Kevin Cash, the safecracker who (along with his beautiful girlfriend Shelby) is enlisted in the heist at the last minute.

Remender is writing the screenplay for the film, which he's developed concurrently with the comic series. Radical chief Barry Levine is producing along with Michael Schwarz. Remender will also act as either co-producer or executive producer.

The comics creator credits Radical with keeping him very involved in the process of developing the film.

Remender said that additional announcements in terms of cast, director and studio will be coming fast. "Producer Michael Schwarz and Barry Levine have been working very hard on this. The people that they're bringing in are all big A-list Hollywood people."

The first issue of the 'Last Days of American Crime' hits comic shops this December.

Watch for the complete interview with Remender in the coming days, and stay tuned to Mania for more as the film project develops.


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TheScriber 11/18/2009 6:53:00 PM

 Nice. I like the sound of this.

Flint521466 11/19/2009 4:49:47 AM

Sounds really cool.......

pilgram 11/19/2009 5:28:22 AM

This sounds good. I'm not sure that Sam Worthington should be in it. He has yet to impress me enough to get work but he still does. He must have a lot of dirt on people to keep getting cast in big budget films. At this point I hope his name is only attached to get funding and that they will move on to some one I like more.


monkeyfoot 11/19/2009 7:03:26 AM

This does sound really good. We all keep complaining about Hollywood doing nothing new and time and again we are reminded that plenty of fresh material is out there.

Speaking of which: Remender talking about the works of Mamet and Ellroy as inspiration reminds me of the list article discussions that have been made about what is "inspiration" and what is "ripoff". I haven't seen or read the works he sited nor his, but because he got the spark for his story from theirs is he ripping them off or was he just given the seed he used to grow his own tree?

His citing those works just reminded me of the legal troubles James Cameron got into when he admitted in an interview that two of Harlan Ellison's Outer Limits episodes inspired him to make The Terminator.

rgtchtiger 11/19/2009 7:45:59 AM

Well it sure looks like Worthington owes James Cameron his first born after all.  After getting the gig for Terminator Salvation thanks to having shot his scenes for Avatar, Worthington is now being offered some pretty big roles thanks to Cameron getting his name out there.

As for this project, I'm really curious to read the book when it's released.  Sounds really interesting.

krathwardroid 11/19/2009 10:17:18 AM

Worthington is currently the go-to guy. Nice. I'll definitely check out this comic book.

TheStormrider 11/19/2009 11:01:14 AM

I have to agree.  Worthington does nothing for me.  I actually cant differentiate his characters from one film to another. 

Im not sure what it is.  I just dont find his personality captivating.



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