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Louis Leterrier Interested in the Y: The Last Man Adaptation?

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March 26, 2010
Source: Latino Review

Louis Leterrier / Y: The Last Man

There's been talk of an adaptation of Brian K. Vaughn's praised graphic novel series Y: The Last Man for a long time now. The most recent attempt had Shia LaBeouf attached to star in an adaptation directed by D.J. Caruso (Eagle Eye, Disturbia), but that never came to fruition. Courtesy of an exclusive scoop from Latino Review, apparently Louis Leterrier, director of the upcoming remake of Clash of the Titans as well as The Incredible Hulk, is now interested in taking on the project. Of course, with all the false starts the project has had, this is pretty much tossing up another prayer that the comic finds someone to direct this adaptation.

In case you don't recall, Y: The Last Man takes place in a time where a mysterious plague has killed every male on earth except our "hero" Yorick Brown, who was somehow spared. The sole Y-chromosomed survivor is an amiable, headstrong young man, the son of a US congresswoman and, as it happens, an amateur escape artist. Yorick spends most of the story on the run from a tribe of self-styled Amazons bent on eliminating the last vestige of patriarchy. He is also trying to figure out why he survived through work with a bioengineer; hoping to reach his girlfriend in Australia; and, of course, contemplating the re-population of the planet.

This could be good and bad news for fans of the graphic novel, as it means there is at least new attention being brought to the series, but also that the attention is coming from a few filmmakers who are somewhat generic. The Incredible Hulk wasn't awful or anything, but it wasn't great, and Clash of the Titans looks like 300 meets Pirates of the Caribbean, which isn't necessarily bad, but not all that promising either. Having never read the graphic novels, I can't comment as to the perfect director to bring Vaughn's pages to life, so maybe others can help. If not Louis Leterrier, who would you like to see direct Y: The Last Man?

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  • Sinnycal
    I'm not sure I understand why this book is attracting attention from mediocre action flick directors. Did they just read "popular" and "comic book" and assume that it would be up their alley? Almost in spite of its premise, the series is largely a character study. Most issues have little action, and none of it in the Eagle Eye or Clash of the Titans mold.
  • L1A
    lol 60 issues as one movie? it'll be terribad
  • asfsafds
    I think Leterrier is one of the best working in Hollywood right now... I say give it to him.
  • Jake the snake
    Does this mean no Avengers?
  • nelson
    louis is good with action thats about it this needs an action/drama director like a danny boyle
  • jeffrey
    I say cast Meryl Streep as the president!
  • jeffrey
    or Helen Murrin.
  • http://iconocritic.com peloquin
    @7... It's Mirren, unless you're actually Cleveland from Family Guy...
  • Eli
    Danny Boyle could be awesome. It's B.K. Vaughn though, give it to one of the LOST directors like Jack Bender. Honestly the whole thing should be a miniseries, not a 2 hour movie.
  • jeffrey
    #8 XD
  • samirr
    If I had my way, I'd make it a trilogy, but filmed back to back LOTR style. As for a director, Leterrier would not be my pick, because this is not a mindless action movie. The Danyy Boyle suggestion is actually pretty good. JJ Abrams would be quite suitable I believe, and I think it would be the right project for the "next Spielberg"
  • Crump's Brother
    Titans trilogy, Avengers movie, Hulk sequel, Y: The Last Man. Pick something Louie.
  • deep-sleep
    Although I hope they can get a good motion and team behind making Y into a great movie (or two), I don't think the producers realise that making this film could be quite a huge undertaking. I mean how many months would they be on the road scouting and filming on location, the comics chronicle Yorick's massive journey and pretty much his life post-virus so if they tried to film it on a set and swap in backgrounds I really don't see it working out. With that said, I reckon give the project to a director with a good eye for cinematography and a keen focus on portraying empathic and solid characters (No need for next-gen CGI or 3D for that matter) and make the film into a 2-3 hour epic quest!
  • James
    I'm so sure about him directing. It's not like I dislike him, but this really doesn't seem like his kinda movie seeing as Y is a very basic comic. Not much action. And yes, three movies would be the good amount just like DJ was gonna make them. As for acting though, I still think they should get Chris Evans, but judging on his new Captain America status, I doubt he'd go after another comic movie.
  • Kellie
    I agree with a lot of other people that this would be so much better as a series on HBO or Showtime rather than a movie. The series in phenomenal and it would ruin so much of the story and character development to try to knock it out in two hours.
  • Lando is a system not a man
    a Series is the best way to treat this..(thats what they SHOULD have done with WATCHMEN!) but I kinda hope they change the ending!
  • Shikaka
    Also agreeing with the sentiment that this should be a good budget TV series and not a film or trilogy. It works because it's a long journey, the character starts out very immature and really grows as an individual over the course of many trials and tribulations. Also, Sean William Scott would be perfect for the character imo.
  • Sharlto
    Anton Yelchin as the lead and either Danny Boyle or the guys who made The Book of Eli. I would definately watch that.
  • nick
    @18, I really like that choice. Yelchin as Yorrick, directed by the Hughes Brothers.
  • http://marcomoura.wordpress.com Marco Moura
    this serie deserve a least a trilogy and i hope the director be faithful with history
  • SlashBeast
    Leterrier is a studio schill. Get a real director.
  • Governor
    This could be an awesome movie... if Leterrier didn't direct.

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