Last year, news of a big screen adaptation of Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra‘s Y: The Last Man hit the internet and fans of the comic book series cheered in anticipation. The dystopian tale of the last man alive (and his Capuchin, Ampersand) after an event wipes out all the male mammals on earth seemed ripe for the big screen treatment and while it would have been director Dan Trachtenberg’s first big screen movie, readers were confident that the movie could really be something very special. The months ticked by without any word on the progress being made on the project and now, over a year later, it looks like fans can finally stop waiting. According to Trachtenberg, the project is officially dead.
Yesterday, Trachtenberg was asked about the project on Twitter and responded with the following tweet, which seems pretty clear.
— Dan Trachtenberg (@DannyTRS) September 25, 2014
The folks over at /Film were able to catch up with Trachtenberg to get a bit more information. Apparently, he was just as disappointed as the rest of us that the project never came together.
The rights reverted back to Brian quite a few months ago.
I had such a great time working on that project and am truly sad the things we were cooking up can no longer happen.
Trachtenberg goes on to explain that he never thought a movie adaptation would work and that the property would be more suited for television, until he realized the viewing landscape was changing.
Like everyone else who’s a fan of the series I had always wished it either remain in its comic book form. Or, if it must be made, a TV series would be the only thing that would suffice.
However, the “big screen” and the “small screen” has changed drastically since Y came out and I think so much of the great TV in our current “golden age” has been directly or indirectly inspired by Y the Last Man. I started getting excited about bringing to the BIG screen what we’ve been getting in TV so readily now— great characters, RELATIONSHIPS, world building and genre re-combination.
From these comments, it seems that Trachtenberg knew exactly how to handle the property and was excited to get the project off the ground. While he never directly addresses why the adaptation never got beyond the pre-production phase, he does mention how much he enjoyed working with the people who shared his passion for the project.
In the end, working with all the producers and the writers was a great experience. And getting to meet Brian, who has been such an inspiration to me over the years was incredible. He’s as great a person as he is a writer. And now Y the Last Man is back where it should be, with its creator.
Oftentimes, when a project gets back to its creator, it is a cause for celebration. In this case, however, for fans of the series, it is a bit of a disappointment that we will not see the epic tale on the big screen. Trachtenberg had envisioned the movie to incorporate the first two trades and wanted to tell an entire story while still leaving room for future installments. This sounds like the perfect approach and it would have likely worked! We will never know what happened but Trachtenberg does offer a bit of fortune cookie logic.
Alas…we will always have that thing we fell in love with— that’s not going anywhere…
That is very true and if you haven’t had a chance to read the 60 issue series (or one of the 10 trade paperbacks that collected the issues), give it a shot! Honestly, it is one of the coolest comic books to hit shelves and you won’t be disappointed.
For more thoughts on the project from Trachtenberg, you can read what else he had to say over at /Film. How do you feel about this? Are you glad that the material will remain in comic book form or were you ready for a big screen outing?