Anthony Mandler has already collaborated with Rihanna for a ton of music videos (which means, just like D.J. Caruso, he’s technically the director of “Disturbia”), and he’s looking to make the jump to feature films. He’s already attached to the Summit vampire project Vlad as well as the MRC project Die in a Gunfight, and now Deadline Morganville is reporting that he’s close to signing on for the graphic novel adaptation, The Last Days of American Crime.

The graphic novel written by Rick Remender and illustrated by Greg Tocchini tells the story of a robber planning the last crime in American history before the government starts broadcasting a signal that will make it impossible for anyone to knowingly break the law. Remender wrote the first draft of the script, but Karl Gajdusek (Tresspass) has taken over scripting duties.

Hiring on music video directors is always a tricky business. There are David Finchers and there are Brett Ratners. The trouble is in deciding whether music videos and commercials are solid enough indicators of talent when it comes to at least an hour and a half of single, coherent storytelling. It’s why many short film directors don’t want to “graduate” to features – because they require two distinctly different skill sets. Technical skill is one thing, but how can you tell if the guy that directed this…

…really has the chops to convert his ability into feature filmmaking?

It’s hard to say. However, with the contracts he’s racking up, we’ll find out soon enough what Mandler can do. On the bright side, The Last Days of American Crime sounds like a hell of a cool project.

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