The Y the Last Man TV show cast has a new addition, and there’s a pretty good chance he won’t stick around very long. Timothy Hutton has joined the series, inspired by the comic from Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra. Y is set in a world where all living mammals with a Y chromosome have died, with the exception of an escape artist named Yorrick and his Capuchin monkey, Ampersand. Since Hutton is playing neither Yorrick nor his monkey, don’t expect him to make it into the second season.
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Not too long ago, we heard about a Kitty Pryde movie in the works, focusing on the X-Men character previously played by Ellen Page in both X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men: Days of Future Past. Comic writer Brian Michael Bendis was hired to script the project and Deadpool director Tim Miller was ready to get behind the camera. Apparently, that project is still moving forward, even as Fox prepares to be acquired by Disney. And that’s not the only spin-off project being worked on by a Marvel Comics writer.
20th Century Fox has been covertly developing a Silver Surfer movie, based on the Marvel Comics character previously seen on the big screen in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. Even more interesting is that acclaimed comic creator Brian K. Vaughan is writing the hopeful movie. Read More »
Marvel Television has announced the cast for the upcoming Hulu television adaptation of Marvel’s Runaways. Hit the jump to meet the whole Runaways cast.
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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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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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One of the comic book adaptations that just keeps kicking is Y: The Last Man. For some time DJ Caruso (Disturbia, Eagle Eye) wanted to make the movie with Shia LaBeouf starring. He wanted to make a trilogy of films, but getting a first script New Line liked and the studio to agree to make a trilogy is something that hasn’t happened.
Earlier this year there was word that Louis Leterrier (The Incredible Hulk, Clash of the Titans) wanted to direct the adaptation. Now he’s actually talked about it. And, yes, he does want to make it, but New Line still doesn’t have an approach in mind. Read More »
Lucas Cruikshank might not be a name known to a lot of you, but his face is familiar to a legion of young YouTube watchers. He’s the kid who created Fred, the fast-paced, squeaky-voiced character with enough of a following on YouTube to earn his own feature film. (Even if it did mostly go straight to DVD.) And now he’s reportedly testing for a part in the Marvel movie Runaways. Read More »
For the last couple years, director DJ Caruso and his Disturbia and Eagle Eye star Shia LaBeouf were talking about adapting Brian K Vaughn‘s post-apocalyptic series Y: The Last Man. It was an ambitious plan, which could have led to multiple films tackling the bulk of the sixty-issue series. Then, while promoting Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, LaBeouf said he was backing away from Y because the character was too much like his Transformers character. But now, because rising stars almost never say they’ll never do a project, LaBeouf says it could still happen. Read More »
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In a day of superhero overload, Brian K Vaughn‘s Y: The Last Man is the perfect comic book series for a Hollywood big screen (or even small screen) adaptation. 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.
Disturbia director DJ Caruso has been trying to get the project off the ground for a few years now, and Caruso’s frequent star Shia LaBeouf was interested in starring in a film adaptation. A script was in development, the first in a reported trilogy of adaptations — a potential franchise. But as time has passed, so has Shia’s interest. The Transformers star now tells Wizard Magazine that he’s not currently willing to make the film, and he may be too old for the role by the time that the project does get greenlit.
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We’ve known for a while that D.J. Caruso‘s first film in a planned Y: The Last Man trilogy was aiming for 2010, and he’s given a new update to UGO. The director of Disturbia and Eagle Eye confirms that the script by Carl Ellsworth (Disturbia, Red Eye) was turned in last week to Warner Bros., a studio that’s said to be heavily enthusiastic and committed to the big budget endeavor. Moreover, he added that while Shia LaBeouf remains attached to the main character—a young Brooklynite named Yorick Brown who becomes the last man on an Earth populated with combative, horny women—the previously rumored Alicia Keys is not a lock to play Yorick’s government-hired protector codenamed 355…
“She’s definitely someone to consider. I thought she did a really cool job in [Smokin’ Aces]… So really, the one thing, I think I’ve mentioned this to you, I’m going for, and it’s not quite there yet on the page. I’d love to have sort of a (Robert) DeNiro/(Charles) Grodin relationship between 355 and (Yorick). Kind of a Midnight Run relationship…I think Alicia’s a great girl and everything but I have to make sure that she can handle the acting part of it.”
Midnight Run, eh? We’re big fans of the comic series at Slashfilm, so here’s hoping Caruso goes with another actress, possibly an unknown, and not the musician/aspiring Bond Girl. One name I’ve heard tossed around a bit with fans is Vivica Fox, based, I’m guessing, on her surprisingly good, albeit brief, performance and action skills in Kill Bill. She’s a little old for the part though, even if she did deliver laughs and sex appeal on Curb Your Enthusiasm. All requisites for 355. Any casting suggestions in the comments? And Caruso informs that fans have already mentioned Kill Bill‘s Lucy Liu for the part of Dr. Mann—a brilliant hands-on Chinese/Japanese geneticist who happens to be a lesbian—but he hasn’t given any actresses much consideration. Mann would play a larger part in a proposed second film.
Caruso let it be known that Yorick’s monkey Ampersand—a seminal character in the comics—will in fact be a real monkey in the film(s). Great news. It worked in Matthew Broderick’s Project X, and it can work here (no monkey pilots).
Brian K. Vaughn‘s Y: The Last Man is going to be really tough to develop. There’s the sheer size—Caruso has implied that all or part of the subplot with Yorick’s girlfriend in Australia may be kiboshed—but also enough philosophical implications and discussions therein, not to mention pop-culture references, to stretch out a semester in college. And while the comic books are “R-rated” (violence, sexuality), this will most likely be a PG-13 summer popcorn film(s). Caruso seems to have a good communication going with Vaughn, so we’re optimistic, but he’ll need to channel some early Spielbergian wonder and some of that director’s dark period tone and visuals to see it through. We’ll avoid referencing a certain scene in Indy IV.
Discuss: Any casting suggestions for Ampersand? 355?