For the better part of a decade, a film adaptation of Brian K. Vaughn’s comic book series ‘Y: The Last Man’ has been in the works over at New Line Cinema. ‘Disurbia’ and ‘Eagle Eye’ director DJ Caruso was attached to the project for a long time, and planned a trilogy starring Shia LaBeouf, but the studio had more interest in only doing one film. Then, in 2010, when Caruso officially left the project, ‘The Incredible Hulk’ director Louis Leterrier showed interest in the project, but saw it more as a television series. Neither incarnation got off the ground.
Now, New Line is trying again at square one. THR has an exclusive report saying that Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia are in final negotiations to work on a script. While this may be only their second feature gig, the first being Sony’s untitled Zorro movie, the duo has worked on TV shows such as ‘Human Target’, ‘Charlie’s Angels’, and ‘Warehouse 13’.
The television team has the daunting task of cutting the 60-issue comic book series down into one movie. While DJ Caruso didn’t see the adaptation going that way, creator Vaughn, who is known for his work on Marvel’s ‘The Runaways’ and a little TV show called ‘Lost’, took a stab at condensing the story into one movie, and when it was leaked online, reviews were mostly positive, so it could feasibly be done.
‘Y: The Last Man’ tells the story of Yorick, a man who wakes up one day to discover that some sort of virus wiped out every mammal on earth with a Y chromosome, besides himself and a monkey named Ampersand. The pair set out on a search for Yorick’s girlfriend, Beth, who was vacationing in Australia, while they navigate their way through a society in chaos.
If things like ‘Mandrake The Magician’ and ‘Cowboy Ninja Viking’ are getting made, then ‘Y: The Last Man’ has a better chance than ever to finally start production. Let’s just hope that they can attach a formidable director to the project to point it in the right direction.