Edgar Ramirez in Talks for Netflix Thriller 'The Last Days of American Crime' (Exclusive)

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'Taken 2' director Olivier Megaton is helming the streaming service's adaptation of a Rick Remender comic book.

Edgar Ramirez is in negotiations to star in The Last Days of American Crime, Netflix’s adaptation of a Rick Remender comic book title. 

Olivier Megaton, who directed action thriller Colombiana and two Taken movies, is helming the gritty crime thriller that has a screenplay written by Karl Gajdusek. Gajdusek wrote the Tom Cruise sci-fi thriller Oblivion and is an executive producer on Stranger Things.

The story is set in a near future where the U.S. government, fighting terrorism and crime, plans to begin broadcasting a signal that makes it impossible for anyone to knowingly commit an unlawful act.

Ramirez will star as Graham Bricke, a career criminal who has never been able to make it big but gets caught up in a scheme with a femme fatale and her deadly boyfriend to commit the heist of the century. They have to beat other criminals, themselves and the clock before the signal turns on.

Remender, who also created Deadly Class and Black Science, wrote the comic which was drawn by Greg Tocchini. Radical Studios published the mini-series in 2009 and 2010. 

The gritty tone has been described as being in the vein of Sin City and The Purge movies.

Producing are Jesse Berger of Radical Studios, Jason Michael Berman of Mandalay Pictures, Barry Levine and Kevin Turen.

Gajdusek, Remender, Matlock Stone and Matt O’Toole are exec producing.

Ramirez is coming off an Emmy nomination for his portrayal of Gianni Versace in American Crime Story. He is currently shooting Disney’s Jungle Cruise with Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt. He is repped by CAA, Impression Entertainment, and Hirsch Wallerstein.

Megaton is repped by WME and Hansen Jacobson.