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 »

Late this summer, it was announced that Stephen King‘s 2009 supernatural thriller Under the Dome would be hitting Showtime as a drama series, with a search for a writer already underway. Now, months later, former Lost scribe and acclaimed comic book writer Brian K. Vaughan has been tapped to pen the show, about a town in Maine that suddenly finds itself sealed off from the rest of the world via a mysterious force field. More details after the jump.

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With four wide releases opening this post-Oscar weekend, Hollywood news is predictably pretty slow. So we decided to throw together three smaller stories into one article just so you can get your weekend fix all in one place.

First up, Brian K. Vaughan, former writer on Lost and creator of Y: The Last Man and Ex Machina signed with a new agency: Verve. And while agency turnover is boring, buried in the Hollywood Reporter’s story about it is a nugget about Vaughan working on a screenplay he plans to direct and an update on Runaways. Interesting. Second, legendary Disney animator Glen Keane is reportedly not too happy with Disney’s upcoming slate of animated films and is being actively wooed by DreamWorks Animation. Also interesting. And finally, Paramount has set a release date for the Jon Chu-directed G.I. Joe sequel: August 10, 2012. Kind of interesting. Read more about all of this after the break.

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Darren Aronofosky (Black Swan, Requiem for a Dream) has never been one for subtlety. He’s all about grand spectacle and fervent theatrics — things for which his long-in-the-works passion project Noah is perfectly suited. Aronofsky has been obsessed with the biblical figure ever since he won a school poetry competition for a poem he wrote about the end of the world as seen through the eyes of Noah. He was 13 years old.

Fast forward 30 years, and Aronofsky still has his heart set on telling the story of Noah — so much so that he’s been working on the film’s screenplay for six of those years. But with the filmmakers’ penchant for depicting “sinful” acts in intensely graphic detail, what sort of rendition of the popular bible story should we be expecting? A family-friendly affair, or The Passion of the Christ with a boat-load of animals? Read what Aronofsky had to say on the matter after the break. Read More »

First Look: Darren Aronofsky’s ‘Noah’

Last month, Darren Aronofsky was quoted as saying that he is “doing a comic book of a script that’s really hard to make and we’re going to do a comic version first and see what happens.” Many of the movie websites jumped to the conclusion that Aronofsky was working on a Batman comic book, which he would like to adapt for the big screen. We reasoned that it must instead be a project titled Noah — a big screen adaptation of Noah’s Ark that Darren has been developing since he was 13-years-old.

We now have a confirmation that it is in fact Noah. Not only that, but BleedingCool has learned that Canadian artist Nico Henrichon (who illustrated Brian K. Vaughan‘s Pride Of Baghdad) is recreating Aronofsky’s story for the graphic novel form. The book will be released in 2012, and we even have a sneak preview of some of the art from the upcoming graphic novel. Hit the jump.

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Production Weekly is reporting that Marvel Studios will begin production on the big screen adaptation to Brian K Vaughan‘s Runaways in January 2011, with production scheduled until July 2011. A few months back it was reported that British screenwriter Drew Pearce was hired to write the adaptation, with Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist helmer Peter Sollett signed to helm the project.

I had heard that Marvel is getting antsy (pun intended) to get Ant-Man in production with Edgar Wright in the director’s chair, but the studio has to wait for Wright to become available as he’s currently finishing up work on Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and has a few months of promotion to endure. While we can’t confirm this start date, it seems likely that Runaways was the next ready project in the production chain, and an announcement could be made at Comic-Con later this month.

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Drew Pearce To Adapt Marvel’s Runaways


Marvel Studios has hired British screenwriter Drew Pearce to write the big screen adaptation to Brian K Vaughan‘s Runaways. Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist helmer Peter Sollett is signed to helm the adaptation.

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Video Blog: The Future of Marvel Movies

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Earlier today, Hayley Atwell was cast as the female lead in The First Avenger: Captain America. When geek news like this breaks, I’ll often talk to Steve from Collider on the phone and we’ll tell each other what we think. It’s conversations like these that originally led to us to record our first video blogs. After a few minutes of talking this afternoon, we realized with the recent announcement of Joss Whedon on The Avengers movie, we both had a lot to say about not only Captain America and The Avengers, but the future of Marvel movies and the choices the studio has made and might make in the future.

So we recorded a video blog on the future of the Marvel movie universe. Some of the things we discussed were Marvel casting and directorial choices thus far, the pros and cons of Joss Whedon, casting unknowns versus movie stars, what’s up with Ant-Man and is Edgar Wright going to direct it, is Marvel being cheap with their actors and directors, did Jon Favreau get offered Avengers, Thor talk, The Runaways talk, will the merger of Marvel and Disney lead to a Pixar Marvel movie, why hasn’t someone hired Brian K. Vaughan to direct a movie, and Frosty pitches a television show concept called The Marvel Universe , which would be a perfect fit on ABC.

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Y: The Last Man

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.

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Brian K. Vaughan

I usually don’t write about projects that don’t yet have a buyer, but I’m a big fan of comic book writer turned screenwriter Brian K. Vaughan, and have been watching his every move.

Vaughan is best known for the critically acclaimed Y: The Last Man Series and 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 (who would win in a race, superman or the flash? Hurley writing Empire Strikes Back. Hurley reading a foreign issue of Brian’s Y: The Last Man at the airport) and some of the series’ epic plot twists and cliffhangers. Vaughan has been working to invade Hollywood, writing screenplays including: a twist on the King Arthur legend titled Roundtable setup at Dreamworks,  developing his Marvel comic Runwaways, a big screen adaptation of his Vertigo comic series Y: The Last Man which has been stalling over at New Line/Warner Bros, and an adaptation of his comic Ex Machina is in development over at BenderSpink.

So what is he up to now? The tracking boards are abuzz about Vaughan’s latest spec screenplay The Vault, which CAA has been supposedly shopping to various studios this week. More details after the jump.

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