D.J. Caruso (Eagle Eye, Disturbia) has been attached to develop Brian K. Vaughn and Pia Guerra's Y: The Last Man to film form for some time now, and has recently announced a significant change to the scope of the project. Instead of being a single film, the series will now be developed into a trilogy, Caruso tells USA Today.
Caruso says that while the original plan was for the entire series to be filmed in one movie, instead the first 14 issues of the 60 issue comic will be the basis for the first film, which opens the door for a trilogy based on the comics.
Caruso also says that he has been in "preliminary discussions" with Shia LaBeouf (Transformers) to play Yorick, the lead character of the film.
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.
Meanwhile, in an interview with About.com Brian Vaughn, states that Y: The Last Man is currently "in carbonite freeze because of the WGA strike."
"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. (Y: The Last Man illustrator) 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."