Y: The Last Man (2011)
Director: D.J. Caruso
U.S. Opening Date: TBA 2011
Based on the acclaimed comic Y: The Last Man
was created by Pia Guerra and Brian K. Vaughn and published by Vertigo.
In the comics, Y: The Last Man follows Yorick
Brown, a young amateur escape artist, and his Capuchin monkey, Ampersand,
the last two men on Earth. Something (speculated to be a plague)
simultaneously kills every mammal possessing a Y chromosome - including
embryos, fertilized eggs, and even sperm. Society is plunged into chaos as
infrastructures collapse and the surviving women everywhere try to cope
with the loss of the men. Yorick goes on a mission to find his girlfriend
Beth, who was on vacation in Australia.
Disturbia-director D.J. Caruso is attached
to develop the comic book series and has said that instead of it being a
single film, the series will now be developed into a trilogy.
The original plan was for the entire comic book series to be filmed
as one movie. Now only the first 14 issues of the 60 issue comic
will be the basis for the first film, which opens the door for a trilogy.
Caruso also says that he has been in "preliminary
discussions" with Shia LaBeouf (Disturbia,
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the
Crystal Skull) to play the lead character of the film.
Comics creator Brian Vaughn had the following to say:
"New Line was nice enough to let me take a stab at
writing a draft of the screenplay, and I'm really proud of what I wrote
and very grateful for the opportunity, but there's no guarantee that it'll
be used, or that the film will ever even be made. And to be honest, that's
fine with me."
"Pia and I
made a nice amount of scratch from the deal, and it might be fun to see a
live-action version of our characters, but I never saw our series as
glorified storyboards. Comics are obviously a unique medium with lots of
strengths that film and television will never have, and I only ever
envisioned Y as a comic. So it's always a little disheartening when
people tell me that they'll be crushed if Y never becomes a movie
or an HBO series or whatever, like the comic was just the means to an end.
The only destination that ever mattered to me was Issue #60."
One of our favorite comic book titles of recent years,
Y: The Last Man may sound like the plot of a porno movie: all men
are mysteriously killed off except for one lucky guy, left with all the
ladies. However Y takes a much more serious approach to the
material at hand and is a great post-apocalyptic tale. Probably better
suited to the mini-series format than a big screen effort however, but
Shia LaBeouf would be inspired casting even though we think that
X-Files' Mulder, David Duchovny, would have
been perfect - if he had been a couple of years younger, that is. . .
But in the meantime we have the comics which are great
and which you really should check out.
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