The Film Adaptation of Y: The Last Man is Officially Dead
It's official: the acclaimed comic series Y: The Last Man won't make it to the big screen. Dan Trachtenberg, the director attached to the project, confirmed via Twitter that the adaptation is "not happening," and that the rights will revert back to the "trusted hands" of the comics' creators, Lost and Under the Dome's Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra.
Y: The Last Man follows Yorick Brown, an amateur escape artist who is the only male to survive a plague that kills all living beings with a Y chromosome (although his pet monkey survives as well). Society descends into chaos as humanity faces extinction, and Yorick becomes a prized commodity to all sorts of unsavory characters. The series received critical acclaim, as well as an Eisner award and a nomination for the first ever Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story.
The film adaptation has been in development hell for years, originally planned to be directed by I Am Number Four's D.J. Caruso, written by Vaughan, and starring Shia LaBoeuf. LaBoeuf later left the project, stating that the protagonist was "too similar" to his character in the Transformers series. Caruso also departed from the project, citing concerns that a two-hour movie "couldn't do it justice." Chuck star Zachary Levi later expressed interest in playing the lead role. The most recent version was set to be directed by Trachtenberg, who will direct the Bad Robot production Valencia, and produced by David S. Goyer, who wrote Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, the story for The Dark Knight Rises, Dark City, Man of Steel, and the story for the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Many fans are of the mindset that the long-running series would be better served as a television show than a movie, in the same vein as The Walking Dead or Game of Thrones. Even Trachtenberg seemed to agree: "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…"
He also gave fans a glimpse into the movie that may never come to fruition: "[It was] an ADVENTURE movie, with swashbuckle, that was fun and funny but had something to say... 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."