Adapdation of 'Y: The Last Man' Comic Book is Dead All Over Again
Back in January of 2013, we learned that Dan Trachtenberg, one of the hosts of Totally Rad Show and director of the awesome short film Portal: No Escape, had taken over the long-gestating adaptation of the comic book Y: The Last Man. And while there were hints later that summer from producer David S. Goyer that the film might begin filming this year, instead we have much worse news. Trachtenberg recently spoke to SlashFilm and revealed that the project is dead again, and the rights to the comic have reverted back to creators Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra and there's no telling if a film will ever happen. Read on!
Here's confirmation from Dan Trachtenberg answering a fan's question on Twitter:
— Dan Trachtenberg (@DannyTRS) September 25, 2014
But he spoke more about the experience trying to make the project to SlashFilm:
"I had such a great time working on that project and am truly sad the things we were cooking up can no longer happen.
Truly- I was excited to make an ADVENTURE movie, with swashbuckle, that was fun and funny but had something to say. Which is something that is distinctly [Brian K. Vaughn]. Having real, true, honest, people stuff amidst the big, fun, action stuff. We were in many ways quite faithful to the comic, though some characters were combined and some events re-arranged and some brief moments of action we dug into to create bigger action/adventure sequences.
The script was essentially the first two trades. Taking inspiration from the original 'Star Wars' (Episode 4)- we wanted to tell a complete story…but not the whole story. Hoping that, in success, we could get tell the rest of our serialized adventure.
'Raiders of the Lost Ark' was referenced a lot. 'Midnight Run' and 'Big Trouble in Little China' were referenced a lot. 'Willow' and 'Ladyhawke' I may have referenced a little too often…
In the end, working with all the producers and the writers was a great experience. And getting to meet Brian, who has been such an inspiration to me over the years was incredible. He’s as great a person as he is a writer. And now 'Y the Last Man' is back where it should be, with its creator."
So will the comic book ever see a big screen adaptation? Trachtenberg thinks it needs to go the TV route:
"Like everyone else who’s a fan of the series I had always wished it either remain in its comic book form. Or, if it must be made, a TV series would be the only thing that would suffice.
However, the 'big screen' and the 'small screen' has changed drastically since 'Y' came out and I think so much of the great TV in our current 'golden age' has been directly or indirectly inspired by Y the Last Man. I started getting excited about bringing to the BIG screen what we’ve been getting in TV so readily now— great characters, RELATIONSHIPS, world building and genre re-combination."
Trachtenberg is absolutely right about that. Television has enjoyed a huge resurgence since streaming services like Hulu and Netflix are readily offering previous seasons of TV shows, allowing audiences to easily grow and get sucked into the ever-growing world of shows with bigger ideas, lots of characters and a story that can't be told in the confines of a feature-length film's running time. Networks are taking more chances on shows with bigger scales and wide scopes, and Y: The Last Man could certainly thrive on TV, but it also needs a real budget. Anyway, it's a bummer that this project is dead, but we can look forward to Trachtenberg working with Bad Robot on Valencia now. Thoughts?