D.J. Caruso Hopes Y: The Last Man Movie Will Hit Theaters by 2010?!
As I've mentioned numerous times earlier today, I was out in Los Angeles visiting DreamWorks all day. One half of that visit was focused on the upcoming Eagle Eye, a thriller directed by D.J. Caruso and starring Shia LaBeouf. The footage looked fantastic and afterwards we got the chance to chat with Caruso. Of course we talked quite a bit about Eagle Eye, but considering it's Comic-Con week, comics were on our mind. The discussion eventually settled on Y: The Last Man, an adaptation that Caruso has been attached to for a while. The last we heard anything about it was in January, when Caurso updated USA Today with additional thoughts on an adaptation and his hope that it would be a trilogy more than anything. Now (via SlashFilm as well) we've got some updates from Caruso and it sounds like Warner Brothers is interested in hopefully getting this into production for release during the summer in 2010.
When this project was first announced, New Line was the studio who had picked up the rights. As well all know, New Line recently collapsed and got moved in under Warner Brothers, so now this their production. And in turns out that's helping him move this along. "What happened is New Line is now part of Warner Bros, and Warner Bros is now really high on the project. And Carl Ellsworth will probably be handing in a script to Warner Bros/New Line next week." Although Brian K. Vaughan, who wrote the comics, has been helping with the project, Caruso's writing counterpart, Carl Ellsworth of Red Eye and Disturbia previously, has finished the latest draft of the script. Apparently the story is not going to focus entirely on the relationship between Yorick Brown, the main character, and his girlfriend Beth. In fact, Caruso explained that it would be best as a trilogy more than anything, something we've definitely heard before.
"I definitely see it as a trilogy. I see the first movie ending basically where you pick up six weeks after the incident then progressing down only a five or six week journey from that point on until the end of the first movie," revealed Caruso. "It's been hard in a good way just because there is so much good stuff to choose from. And every-time you start throwing certain scenes in the screenplay, you'll see that it sort of dislodges and starts to head a different way."
Caruso, who seems incredibly enthusiastic about this, explains that he "would like to prep this movie in October, and start shooting it by January." Of course, Shia LaBeouf would be involved and Caruso needs to give him a break (since he's currently off filming Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen). Apparently Warner Brothers is desperate for big summer 2010 movies and this may just fit the bill. In fact, Caurso said that if the project was greenlit, it would be produced by Warner Brothers because it would be above the budget threshold to move it into that studio as opposed to New Line (which still operates underneath Warner Brothers). This is definitely exciting to hear and it sounds like Warner Brothers, finally, is enthuiastic about this, too. We've been excited for it for a while and I think it could definitely be a kick ass film, so let's hope everything goes as planned.
For those who are unfamiliar with it, the comic book is about a mysterious plague that kills nearly all the world's male mammals overnight. It centers on a magician named Yorick who's the only male survivor and his male pet monkey named Ampersand that set out to find what may have wiped out the male chromosomes. The comic was first published by Vertigo in 2002 and currently has around 60 issues. You can check out the various volumes on Amazon.com. So far this sounds fantastic and I'm incredibly excited for D.J. Caruso to reunited for a third time with Shia LaBeouf. I'm not the only one who thinks that the Y: The Last Man comic series is one of the best non-superhero comics out there. And if you're familiar with it (see the link previously), you'll know that the story definitely has great potential as a live-action film.