The Y: THE LAST MAN Adaptation is Dead Yet Again

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Director Dan Trachtenberg (Valencia) broke the news that the long-in-development film adaptation of Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra’s acclaimed comic-book series, Y: The Last Man, is no longer happening.

The big screen rights have fully reverted back to creators and Trachtenberg – who signed on to direct in January 2013 – confirmed to /Film that the project is dead. Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia wrote the most recent draft of the script with Shia LaBeouf set to star as the title character. First film version of the globe-spanning tale of Yorick Brown and his monkey Ampersand has been in development since at least 2007, with D.J. Caruso loosely attached as recently as August 2010.

“Like everyone else who’s a fan of the series I had always wished it either remain in its comic book form […] or, if it must be made, a TV series would be the only thing that would suffice,”

Trachtenberg stated something that probably many people felt. He also spoke about the movies that were an influence on the project:

“Taking inspiration from the original Star Wars (Episode 4) — we wanted to tell a complete story … but not the whole story. Hoping that, in success, we could get tell the rest of our serialized adventure. ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ was referenced a lot. ‘Midnight Run’ and ‘Big Trouble in Little China’ were referenced a lot. ‘Willow’ and ‘Ladyhawke’ I may have referenced a little too often …”

There’s no doubt that it’s unlikely a studio would make a big scale sci-fi film higher than PG-13. I’d like to see HBO take a crack at this one.

A dystopian science fiction comic book series centers on a young amateur escape artist Yorrick Brown, who, along with his Capuchin monkey, Ampersand are the last two male mammals on Earth after a cataclysmic event eliminated every other male on the planet. Yorrick is forced to team up with a female government agent named 355 to figure out what caused the outbreak and why they survived.

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