Back in January, Y: The Last Man comic book creator Brian K. Vaughan revealed that the rights will revert back to him and co-creator Pia Guerra, if production didn't start on the adaptation this year. Filmmaker Dan Trachtenberg signed on to direct in January 2013, but there have been no updates about the project since then.
Dan Trachtenberg, who is currently prepping his new film Valencia with Bad Robot and Paramount Pictures, confirmed to /Film that the project is dead, with Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra now controlling the rights. Take a look at his lengthy statement below, then read on for more about Y: The Last Man's troubled history in trying to make it to the big screen.
I had such a great time working on that project and am truly sad the things we were cooking up can no longer happen.
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.
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 BKV. 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.
I'm not sure Brian will ever want to do anything more with it and I'm not sure that he needs to. His latest comics SAGA and THE PRIVATE EYE are great and we should be reading them. His "never-been-made" screenplays are some of my favorite reads ever (Roundtable, specifically). I hope we can convince him to write us some more awesome original movies and TV- but I think comics is where his heart lies.
Alas...we will always have that thing we fell in love with- that's not going anywhere...
Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia wrote the most recent draft of the screenplay adaptation, which was said to be well-received by New Line Cinema executives back in January 2013. The project has been languishing in development for several years, with filmmaker D.J. Caruso once attached to direct and Shia LaBeouf set to star as the title character.
The story centers on Yorrick Brown, who, along with his pet monkey, are the last two male mammals on Earth after a cataclysmic event eliminated every other male on the planet. Yorrick teams up with a female agent known as 355, in an attempt to find out why this world-changing event has happened.
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