TV director Seith Mann who has worked on shows such as The Wire and Fringe is now attached to write and direct a film based on the graphic novel Miss: Better Living Through Crime. This will be his feature film debut. The movie is being produced by Hicham Benkirane and Spike Lee.
The story takes place in 1920's New York, and it revolves around Nola, a white femme fatale who grew up an impoverished orphan, and stylin’ Slim, a smooth-talking Harlem pimp with gambling troubles. The unlikely interracial pair partner as murderers-for-hire.
In a statement Benkirane had this to say about the film:
It’s really held together by their love story, which is what allows them to keep going. What is interesting is that it’s a period of racism, and they use that to their advantage. It’s a weapon in their arsenal.
I've never read the comic, but it sounds like it would make for a great film. Mann seems like a pretty talented director. I've enjoyed his work on both Fringe and The Wire so it will be cool what he does with his first feature film. This seems like a perfect fit for him.
Here is the official description of the graphic novel:
‘We called them ‘the crazy years‚’ New York City was spreading like a pool of urine across a subway platform. Even rats caught diseases there.’ Welcome to the world of Miss, a bold new journey into crime graphic novels from Humanoids Publishing. Set during the early 1900s in New York, Miss tells the tale of two unlikely partners in crime, Enola and Slim. Enola is a poor white girl who has learned to survive by hook or by crook since being expelled from the orphanage. Slim is a black pimp with an uncertain past, trying to keep one foot out of the grave. When their paths cross, and their options run out, Enola and Slim forge a partnership as murderers for hire. This is their story ... what it takes to survive when all you have is a gun.
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