The comic book movie is dominated by big name franchises like The Avengers and The Dark Knight – even Man of Steel is netting a ton of attention and it isn’t even out yet – but one comic book adaptation has been on the rise since 2007. According to Deadline, commercial director Dan Trachtenberg has been called upon to direct the long awaited Y: The Last Man film adaptation for New Line Cinema.
When a mysterious plague strikes, it kills every male mammal on Earth. It seems that the only exception is Yorick Brown, an amateur escape artist in New York, and his male Capuchin monkey, Ampersand. The only two known males left on the planet to survive, the pair, under the order of the new President of the United States and protection of Agent 355, must travel in search of a brilliant geneticist and cloning expert in search of answers. All the while they must survive the dangers of the new world and those that would use Yorick’s survival to their own means.
It sounds like an awesome tale – and it is, as evidenced with a five Eisner Awards for Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra. Y: The Last Man is long overdue for the adaptation it deserves. I Am Number Four director D. J. Caruso was at one time attached to the script, but ultimately walked away from the project back in 2010 saying in an interview with MovieWeb:
“I didn’t think that you could take Yorick’s story and put it in to a two-hour movie and do it justice. That was sort of the difference. I think that New Line, working with Warner Bros. in their new relationship, just felt reluctant thinking that we can’t leave this thing open. If you are familiar with the comic book you know it’s just mind-boggling.”
This was based on Caruso’s hope to see the Vertigo series become a film trilogy and that could still happen with Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia‘s new draft of the script.
As for Trachtenberg, the studio is pretty confident that he’s the right man for the job – if you’ve seen the Portal: No Escape short film, you’d agree as well. If you can turn a seven minute film into over eleven million views (at this point in time), you reserve the right to stick your foot in the doorway of Hollywood at least once.
Source: Geek Tyrant
For fans, Y: The Last Man is one of those comic-to-film efforts that keeps going one step forward and three steps back. Once upon a time, D.J. Curoso was prepping a trilogy based on the Brian K. Vaughan-penned graphic novel starring his Disturbia and Eagle Eye-star Shia Labeouf. Then Incredible Hulk director Louis Letterier came aboard and encountered similar difficulty getting Y made.
But a recent draft of a screenplay penned by Jericho writers Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia seems to have New Line grinning with anticipation… From all the money they’re going to make from Y: The Last Man the movie once they get a director and get it into production, which is what they’re now trying to do.
Here’s the latest word from Vulture:
We hear that the studio is very pleased with a draft from former Jericho writers Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia, and has already begun the process of meeting with director candidates to hire for the project.
Y: The Last Man followed the adventures of Yorrick, the last man on Earth after a plague wiped out all mammals with an X chromosome. The 60-issue series, published between 2002 and 2008, follows Yorrick and his monkey Ampersand as they travel the post-plague Earth trying to find the reason for their immunity, and the key to humanity’s survival.
More news as it develops (and hopefully it will develop this time).
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.