Back in March we reported that New Line was still looking to get ‘Y: The Last Man’ made and have decided to hire Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia to adapt the 60 issue comic series into a full length feature film. Now 6 months later, it seems that the studios are pleased with the results and have decided to make the film a top priority.
According to Vulture, New Line has read the draft for the screenplay and is now in the process of meeting directors to helm the film. This news may seem a bit déjà vu to many as the project has already gone through a few directors who have been rumored to be attached to the film then, for whatever reason, became unattached. Two years ago Louis Leterrier (‘Clash of the Titans’, ‘The Incredible -Hulk’) was in talks to direct the project but saw it more as an HBO mini-series instead of a single stand-alone movie which the studio did not want. Prior to that, D.J. Caruso was attached to the film but left as he and New Line couldn’t come to an agreement as he thought the adaptation was also best served not as one film but as a trilogy.
But now the word is that New Line is on board with the present draft of the screenplay and it looks like they feel confident enough to quickly move the project forward.
For those not familiar with the comic book series, here’s a synopsis of the story courtesy of Amazon:
‘Y: The Last Man’, winner of three Eisner Awards and one of the most critically acclaimed, best-selling comic books series of the last decade, is that rare example of a page-turner that is at once humorous, socially relevant and endlessly surprising.
Written by Brian K. Vaughan (‘Lost,’ ‘Pride of Bagdad,’ ‘Ex Machina’) and with art by Pia Guerra, this is the saga of Yorick Brown—the only human survivor of a planet-wide plague that instantly kills every mammal possessing a Y chromosome. Accompanied by a mysterious government agent, a brilliant young geneticist and his pet monkey, Ampersand, Yorick travels the world in search of his lost love and the answer to why he’s the last man on earth.
Presently ‘Y: The Last Man’ does not have a release date but as more news develops with this project, we’ll let you know!