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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. 

Speaking to Crave Online about his role in the on-screen DC Universe, David Goyer answered a couple questions about Y:

We’ve got 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.

That “single film, for now” approach may not be the one that fans really want, but it’s better than nothing. Frankly, it’s as good as you’re likely to get at this point. A full film series commitment was never likely, and the idea of Y going to TV just isn’t in the cards right now.

We’ll update when casting is announced.

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