Shia LaBeouf No Longer Interested in Y: The Last Man?
by Alex Billington
June 9, 2009
When I reported the news yesterday that D.J. Caruso was attached to The Defenders, I realized that, yet again, there was no hope that we'd see a Y: The Last Man movie anytime soon. Now this news today just confirms my worst fears. Shia LaBeouf talked with Wizard magazine recently and was briefly asked about Y: The Last Man, which he has been attached to for a few years and has been previously adamant about supporting. "I'm not willing to make that movie currently, and may be too old to play the role by the time it does come around," LaBeouf said. The reason being is that it's too much like his Transformers character.
"You take Sam [Witwicky] and you put a monkey on his shoulder," LaBeouf said about the character of Yorick in Y: The Last Man. "I don't know if it's that big a differential. It seems like he's the ordinary guy in an extraordinary situation again." That is accurate, but I would argue that it's the story and the setting that make Y: The Last Man much more different than something like Transformers. As a reminder, Y: The Last Man is a comic series written by Brian K. Vaughan that has great story that would be perfect for the big screen. So without Shia on board, is there still hope for this at all, even sometime in the distant future?
I talked with an exec at New Line yesterday, who told me that the project had been moved to the back burner. He said that they were working on the script again, which reminded me of an update last December where D.J. Caruso had said that they were still struggling with the screenplay. "I think it's one of those that the source material is fantastic stuff, it's great, but it's a tough one to lick into getting into a screenplay," Caruso said last year. So they're still not happy with the screenplay? I wonder if Caruso's desire to turn this into a trilogy from the start is one of the reasons why they're getting nervous. We may never know!