The clock is ticking on New Line‘s long delayed plans to bring Brain K. Vaughn and Pia Guerra‘s Y: The Last Man to the silver screen. The project finally had a director announcement last year that placed Dan Trachenberg (The Totally Rad Show) firmly in the center seat, but will production begin before the rights reversion deadline kicks in? (more…)
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There has been talk for quite some time of a film adaptation of Brian K. Vaughn and Pia Guerra‘s brainchild together, Y: The Last Man. Of course, to this point, nothing has panned out. New Line has been developing the project for years now, and although a script was prepped and a potential director was on board, it never got past the production stage. So, it’s been pretty much dead for the past while… And we all know how much Hollywood likes resurrecting things. Even things that don’t need resurrecting.
New Line is aiming for a fresh start with new writers and is trying their hand at this thing once again. Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia have been hired to take this project back to square one; they have previously produced and/or written for other projects such as Charlie’s Angels, Human Target, Warehouse 13 and Jericho.
Because the series contains 60 issues and is a pretty hefty series to adapt, a trilogy might be the best way to go… but that makes it harder to convince a studio that this is worth a dip in their pockets. The last director that they had on board, D. J. Caruso, definitely saw the story as a trilogy and that may have been one of the reasons why things didn’t work out. For that reason, it’s possible that New Line is looking to condense it all into one film in this next go.
The story is about a man named Yorick who basically wakes up one morning to find that every mammal in the world with a Y chromosome has been killed – but for him and Ampersand, the monkey. And, of course, insanity ensues while he tries to figure shit out and all that jazz.
Marvel Studios has been in the pre-production stage for a film adaptation of its title Runaways, about a group of teens who find out that not only are their parents part of a criminal group called the Pride, but that they also have various super powers. Dunno if you’ve been following, but there hasn’t been much talk about the project since it was first announced months ago. What gives?
Well, Thor, X-Men: First Class, and Captain America: The First Avenger was what put production in limbo; Marvel didn’t want their A-Listers drowning out this middle of the road superhero film.
As of right now, much of the Runaways film is good to go, including a script by Drew Pearce and a director, Peter Sollett (Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist). Apparently, we just have to wait for The Avengers to get the hell out of the way before Marvel gives the green light, says Pearce:
“Basically, ‘The Avengers’ came along and everything else at Marvel got put on hold for a year. But the script is there, we’re good go. It’s kind of like [being] at the airport when you’re waiting for your slot to take off with Marvel, and we’re hoping we get a slot next year. Fingers crossed. They’re very happy with it, so hopefully it happens.”
While fans are certainly amped for The Avengers, there is certainly a lot of interest in Runaways. It was created by Brian K. Vaughn and Adrian Alphona, and at one point, an arc was written by nerd god Joss Whedon. Honestly, it’s one of the better comic series of the last decade. It’s like the breakfast club of superheroes. I would love for more people to discover the characters and the story. Alas, we have to wait.
Source: Screen Rant