New Line’s attempt to adapt Y: The Last Man is in the midst of its last stand. According to Brian K. Vaughn (one of the creators of the original comic series), New Line has but a few months to begin production before the rights revert to Vaughn’s co-creator Pia Guerra. It looks like New Line is fast tracking the film in order to avoid that situation.
Their goal is to reverse almost seven years of production issues and get this post apocalyptic show on the road. The last anyone heard about the process Dan Trachtenberg was slated to direct the film, with David Goyer in line to produce. Goyer recently spoke on the status of the project saying that there is, “a script that’s as close as it’s ever been, so knock on wood. That could go into production next year… The first movie is meant to function as a standalone, but hopefully continue. Hopefully there will be others.”
If you’ve never heard of Y: The Last Man, I don’t blame you. It’s a critically acclaimed but not sweepingly popular comic book series. It’s the tale of an escape artist/magician named Yorick Brown who finds himself and his pet monkey, Ampersand, to be the last living males on the planet. Some sort of mysterious event swept Earth and killed everything with a Y chromosome, thusly the title.
It’s a great story with twists and turns galore, and many interesting things to say. I don’t doubt that Y: The Last Man could be a great movie, and the fact that there is an intention to spread it beyond one movie is encouraging. I don’t think it can really fit in one film. It just depends on New Line getting this train moving before they lose the rights.