Posted on Friday, March 26th, 2010 by Peter Sciretta
Latino Review is reporting a rumor that Louis Leterrier, director of The Incredible Hulk and Clash of the Titans, is circling a big screen adaptation of Brian K Vaughan‘s Y: The Last Man. If you haven’t yet read the series, pick up the paperback (or the new hardcover) of the first volume, as I very highly recommend it. You may recall that Eagle Eye/Disturbia director DJ Caruso was orginally trying to get the film into production with actor Shia LaBeouf. Screenwriters Carl Ellsworth and Jeff Vintar contributed drafts, as did comic co-creator Vaughn, but in the end the project fell flat.
The non-superhero series is what sucked me into reading comic books again, and remains my favorite comic book series of all time. 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.
I would love to see Y: The Last Man on the big screen but I’m not sure Leterrier is the director to helm such an adaptation. I haven’t really been impressed by his filmography thus far, and I’ve heard not so great things about his latest, Clash of the Titans. I’m starting to believe that Y might make a better premium cable television series than a movie.
Vaughan is an incredible writer, also known for various other comic books including Runaways. Vaughan joined the television show LOST as a co-producer and writer mid-way through Season 3, but left last year. His presence could be felt though the pop culture-infused dialogue and some of the series’ epic plot twists and cliffhangers. Vaughan has been working to invade Hollywood, writing screenplays including: Roundtable setup at Dreamworks, developing his Marvel comic Runwaways, and an adaptation of his comic Ex Machina is in development over at BenderSpink. Earlier this week I reported that his post-apocalyptic heist screenplay The Vault was making circles in Hollywood and would probably be purchased in the next week.