Could ‘Y: The Last Man’ really go into production soon? It sure looks like it as New Line has just signed on Dan Trachenberg to helm the film.
This will be Trachenberg’s first foray into features but he has made a name for himself directing the live action fan film short ‘Portal: No Escape’ based on the video game ‘Portal.’ The film has so far received over 11.5 million views on YouTube and was instrumental in landing Trachenberg the director’s chair for Universal’s ‘Crime of the Century.’
Trachenberg is a big fan of the 60 issue comic series written by Brian K. Vaughn that the film is based upon, so the pair up may be a good move on New Line’s part. According to a statement issued by the studio, here’s the synopsis of the film:
“Y: The Last Man 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 and a brilliant young geneticist, Yorick sets out in search of his lost love and the answer to why he’s the last man on Earth.”
‘Y: The Last Man’ is a project that has been in development with New Line for over 5 years and has encountered a lot of setbacks trying to get made. Originally, D.J. Caruso (‘I am Number 4,’ ‘Disturbia’) was attached to the film but he and New Line parted ways as the director thought the material would be best served as a trilogy instead of a stand-alone film. Then came the news that Louis Leterrier (‘Clash of the Titans,’ ‘The Incredible Hulk’) was interested in helming but he saw the project more in the lines of an HBO type miniseries but the studio did not want that either. So New Line decided to go back to square one and redo the script.
Now with a new screenplay written by Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia in hand, New Line has made ‘Y: The Last Man ’ a priority project. With the signing of Trachenberg, hopefully there’ll be more movement when it comes to getting this film into production.
ScienceFiction.com will bring you more news as it comes, but in the meantime, you can check out Trachenberg’s fan film ‘Portal: No Escape’ below!