New Line Cinema Making 'Y: The Last Man' a High Priority Project

September 10, 2012
Source: Vulture

Y: The Last Man

It often takes filmmakers years to get their projects made, but it's unusual for every single step of the development process to be widely reported and parsed over. But that's exactly what's happened over the past nine years (!) with an adaptation of Brian K. Vaughn's fantastic graphic novel Y: The Last Man. We've covered the project since D.J. Caruso was involved, through script troubles, potential star Shia LaBeouf dropping out, director Louis Leterrier's involvement, and finally some new writers being brought on earlier this year. Vulture reports the project is now considered a high priority at New Line. More below!

I'm a big fan of Vaughn's graphic novel, and I think D.J. Caruso's proposed trilogy with LaBeouf would have been pretty great had it gotten through development. But now that we know that particular iteration won't ever happen, I'm starting to think that this source material is better suited for a TV show. For those who aren't familiar, the basic premise of the story is that an escape artist named Yorick and his pet monkey Ampersand are the only members of the male species to survive a plague that wipes out all the men on Earth. That's the basic gist of it, but it's one of the best things (books, comics, anything) that I've ever read, so I'd highly recommend checking it out for yourselves because there's a lot more to it than that.

Vulture's report says that the suits at New Line are happy with Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia's new take on the script, and they're currently meeting with directors to tackle the project. As cool as it would be to see Yorick on the big screen, I think something like a limited run on HBO or AMC would be able to actually do this story justice, considering it would be tough to fit all of the events into a trilogy, let alone a single movie as this one is being reported.

Y: The Last Man is one of the most beloved comics of this generation (right up there with the practically unfilmable Preacher), so seeing it adapted into some alternate form of media is practically a certainty at this point, but I just wish the studio would give it the room it needs to breathe (maybe like the proposed Dark Tower method, with limited run TV shows in between films) and really capture all of the nuance of Vaughn's story. We'll see how this one shakes out, but as you guys know, anything that's been in development this long is going to have a tough road to production, so we'll see if it actually gets the official greenlight.

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  • syntaxterror
    such a great read, though I can't say I enjoyed the ending so much. That said, I'd like to say I'm excited to see this translated onto the big screen but only if it can take some of that quirky humor and charm of the series. Crossing my fingers.
    • I can say a lot about the ending, but this needs to stay spoiler free so I'll just say that I thought it was a fitting end. I would love to see this get a Dark Tower-esque adaptation, but I seriously doubt that will ever happen as it's not nearly as well known as that novel. I'm torn as to if it would fare better on the big or small screen though. On one hand, this project would need the budget for a film production as it spans the globe and involves a Mad Max style setting with large arenas and extensive visual effects, not to mention a small percentage taking place in space and a highly trained monkey that's on screen 99% of the time. On the other hand though, the story is so long and complicated with a wide array of characters and story arcs that a tv show would be the only way to give each character the limelight they deserve. Maybe something similar to Game of Thrones might work? Anyone have an idea for who could play 355? I think she's arguably a more important character than Yorick. My vote goes to Gina Torres (Zoe from Firefly).
      • syntaxterror
        Gina Torres would be perfect
        • hg
          you guys do know 355 is a young woman right she is same age as yorrick get zoe saldana
          • Or Rutina Wesley (Tara) from "True Blood".
          • Dominic A
            So , obviously one the best things about any version is that there'd be a lot a strong sexy women in it - fits right in with today's ethos of female-led movies . with the added tension of which woman couldn't resist jumping his bones going on . Zoe is best for 355 . or how about Rihanna , if she can act . Rutina would be better as somebody chasing both of them .
          • God no, I can't stand that girl and Y is the antithesis of True Blood so I don't want any weak ass female characters from that show playing the victim in Y.
          • Good point, Torres may be a bit too old at this point. Saldana would be a good pick for sure, but now I'm thinking that an unknown might be perfect too.
  • JerseyBoy
    I just hope Lionsgate might take Dark Tower, their the only best bet now
  • David Banner
    Milo Ventimiglia. Done. And yeah, I've been saying for years it should be a TV-Series, it's like 9 graphic novels? And Ben, Preacher ain't un-filmable :)




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