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The Y The Last Man movie adaptation is officially dead, once again. Almost-director Dan Trachtenberg was asked about the project on Twitter and said the following: “Not happening. But it’s in trusted hands (the creators).” Most people figured as much, considering Tranchtenberg is currently prepping his Bad Robot film Valencia, but this was the first public confirmation of Y‘s current status.

We took the opportunity to ask Trachtenberg about the project and, to our surprise, he was kind enough to oblige. He explained that his Y: The Last Man was based on the first two trades in Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra‘s amazing series, with some characters deleted and action scenes expanded. He talked about what films he looked to for inspiration and which were referenced in the script. And then confirmed the rights reverted back to Vaughan sometime ago and that the project’s future is totally up in the air.

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In an interview with Comic Book Resources, Y: The Last Man co-creator Brian K Vaughn revealed that New Line Cinema has only a few months left to get Y: The Last Man into production before they lose the rights to make the big screen adaptation.

It’s my understanding that the rights to “Y: The Last Man” will revert back to co-creator Pia Guerra and me for the first time in a decade if the planned New Line adaptation doesn’t start shooting in the next few months, so I expect there will be some “Y” news in 2014 either way.

Last we heard, New Line was fast tracking the project to get the adaptation into production this year. But if they don’t act soon, New Line could lose the rights to make the film at all. The Warner Bros-owned company has been trying to bring the comic book series to the big screen for nearly a decade. I’ve been following and reporting on the developments of this adaptation for the last eight and a half years. Lets take a look back at the history of the development.

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It’s been six months since Dan Trachtenberg, formerly of The Totally Rad Show and director of the short Portal: No Escape, was announced as director of Y: The Last Man.

The Vertigo comic series, which follows two male beings who remain alive after mysterious circumstances kill any mammal with a Y chromosome, has been targeted for adaptation a few times in the past, but has never made the leap to the screen. In part, that’s because the comic series tells one long interlinked story about the young man Yorick and his Capuchin monkey, Ampersand, as Yorick seeks to reunite with his mother, a US Congresswoman.

There’s a lot more to the story than that, of course, and that leads to the other factor: the simple fact of the post-apocalyptic, country-spanning scope of the story. Cramming it into one film didn’t seem prudent, but planning a multi-film arc based on a property the public at large doesn’t know is something that always gives studios pause.

But now David Goyer, who is producing, says the film could shoot next year.  Read More »

Briefly: One of the biggest news stories Wednesday was that short film director Dan Trachtenberg was hired to direct the long-gestating film adaptation of Brian K. Vaughan’s Y: The Last Man. Many fans were immediately worried about such a beloved property being in the hands of a filmmaker without a feature film under his belt and, frankly, that makes sense.

But Trachtenberg is not only a talented filmmaker, he’s a fan with a true understanding of the book. Want some proof? Seven years ago, he spoke about having just finished the comic on his then-weekly podcast Geekdrome. Listen to the clip below. Read More »

Former Totally Rad Show host and director of the popular short film Portal: No Escape, Dan Trachtenberg, has been hired by New Line to direct Y: The Last Man, based on a series of comics by Brian K. Vaughan.

Last Fall, news broke that the studio was making a priority of the project – about an apocalyptic timeline in which every male on the planet dies, save for one. The studio was meeting with directors at the time. It would be Trachtenberg’s feature debut, though he’d previously been hired by Universal to develop Crime of the Century. Read more below and watch the short film that got Trachtenberg the job. Read More »

In an instant, every man on planet Earth dies. Only women remain, which is fine by them, until they realize without men the human race doesn’t have a chance of surviving. That makes that fact that one man survived — one man on the entire planet — kind of a big deal. That’s the basic plot of Brian K. Vaughan‘s Y: The Last Man, a 60-issue comic book series that ran from 2002-2008. Hailed as a modern classic, it’s been on Hollywood’s wish list of comic book properties since 2006. However, the epic story and downer premise have made an adaptation near impossible.

Filmmakers have tried though. DJ Caruso was long attached with Shia LaBeouf aiming to star. Louis Letterier took a crack at it and, most recently, Jericho writers Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia were tasked with rewriting the script. It turns out New Line Cinema, which owns the rights, loves the duo’s take on the property and have now put the film back on the fast track. It’s a top priority and they’re currently meeting with directors. Read more after the jump. Read More »

Y: The Last Man, the popular comic book series by Brian K. Vaughn and Pia Guerra, has been flirting with Hollywood for years. Several filmmakers and stars have expressed interest in the property, which dramatizes a world where every man on Earth dies save for one, but the story’s huge scope has held it back. The latest update came in March when New Line hired the writers of the TV show Human Target to pen a new script.

But development hell means nothing when there’s a passionate fan base on the Internet and today fans get a Y: The Last Man mini-movie. Director Christian Cardona has created a 20 minute fan film called Y: The Last Man Rising which sets up a few of the story’s major arcs complete with violence, action and humor. Make no mistake, this is a low budget fan film, but it’s got a great feel for Y: The Last Man and some nice little effects anyway. Check it out after the jump. Read More »

There was every reason to figure we’d never see a film version of the comic series Y: The Last Man, created by Brian K. Vaughn and Pia Guerra. New Line has been developing the project for years, with script work put in by Carl Ellsworth, Jeff Vintar, and Vaughn, and D.J. Caruso once attached to direct. Louis Leterrier was interested as well.

But nothing ever got to the production stage. The 60-issue comic series tells the story of Yorick, a man who wakes up to find that something has killed every mammal on Earth with a Y chromosome. Except for Yorick, and a Capuchin monkey named Ampersand, that is. The two remaining males go in search of Yorick’s girlfriend, and complications naturally ensue. The story is so big that at one point the thinking was that nothing but a trilogy would suffice. That’s not an easy trilogy to convince a studio to finance.

Now New Line is trying again with Y: The Last Man, and has hired new writers for a fresh take. Read More »

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