Y: The Last Man Aiming for a Trilogy?
We've been following the adaptation of Brian K. Vaughan's comic book Y: The Last Man for quite a while. The latest developments on the project were that the Disturbia team consisting of actor Shia LaBeouf and director D.J. Caruso would be re-teaming again for Y: The Last Man, but the film had not been greenlit nor had either of them been officially confirmed. USA Today interviewed D.J. Caruso recently and got an update on the project, including the possibility that it might be a trilogy of films. If there would ever be the "right" way to adapt Y: The Last Man, it would definitely be into a trilogy.
Caruso confirms that Shia LaBeouf isn't official signed on yet, but rather only in "preliminary discussions" to star. On the other end, Shia has actually spoken about Y: The Last Man previously, saying that he would love to play the character and is hoping to get it off the ground. Caruso talks to USA Today about the thematic elements of the story:
"For me, thematically, the most important thing and the reason I want to do this is … I don't want to say it's the end of the innocence, but it's actually a man-child who has to become a real man now," Caruso says. "I think it's a really simple, beautiful theme, but at the same time, the movie's really pop-culture entertainment."
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.
Caruso says the film's script is based on the first 14 issues of the comics. Considering there are around 60 issues currently available, this easily leaves the door open for a trilogy, which is something that Caruso hints that he is hoping to do. The original plan was to fit the entire series into one film, but it's become apparent that that would be a bit too much. Peter Sciretta from SlashFilm, who is a huge fan of the comic books, confirms that this is a great idea. I take his opinion with high regard when it comes to Y: The Last Man because he is such a big fan and so familiar with the material. Here is his response to the idea of a trilogy:
"But the idea that Caruso is planning a trilogy has me ecstatic. There are just so many cool storylines explored in the 60-issue series. And while the first 14-issues are some of the best, I’ve enjoyed how some of the themes have developed in later issues."
Typically most are against the idea of creating a trilogy or sequels off the bat. It's rare that a sequel is better than the original film, but case in point, I'd argue that if they design an adaptation from the start as multiple films, then it won't be so bad. Look at Lord of the Rings of The Hobbit - they need multiple films for those because it would be too much to pack into one movie. And for Lord of the Rings at least, the result was pretty incredible. And with Y: The Last Man, I think this is the best way to go considering how much source material there is to work with. If you're interested in reading more about the Y: The Last Man movie, head over to USA Today.