For some time now, the D.J. Caruso led adaptation of Brian K. Vaughn‘s excellent graphic novel Y: The Last Man has been thought to be dead. It was set up last year by David S. Goyer over at New Line, but the studio has since chosen to go a new direction with their release slate, choosing to focus on films such as Sex and the City 2 instead. Now we’re getting an update, and Y may be getting some new life.
Latino Review is reporting via an inside source that Clash of the Titans director Louis Leterrier has been eying the project as a potential next film. Coming off of Clash, Leterrier’s upcoming schedule appears to be relatively clean, as he hasn’t attached himself to anything at the moment. This being the time — the week leading up to a major release — that a director attaches him/herself to another project, capitalizing on the heat from their current release, it makes sense that Leterrier is looking to get to work on what he’ll do next.
As for Y: The Last Man, Leterrier is perhaps an even better choice than D.J. Caruso, whose collaboration with Shia LaBeouf (who was due to play the title character Yorick) on Eagle Eye was less than stellar, despite a $100m box office take. Leterrier has a feel for fast-moving action pieces and is not afraid to take a bit of time and develop character. That’s exactly what Brian K. Vaughn’s superb post-apocalyptic story needs. It tells the tale of a man named Yorick and his pet monkey, who have survived the mysterious global mass death of every man, leaving the world full of women. It creates a hostile landscape across which Y must travel in order to reach the love of his life, who is in Australia. For those who have not read the book, I would highly recommend taking a look at it. It’s easily in my top five favorite graphic novels of all-time.
What would you think of Leterrier directing Y: The Last Man?