Y: The Last Man

Dan Trachtenberg

According to Deadline Hollywood, New Line has chosen internet sensation Dan Trachtenberg to direct the long-gestating adaptation of “Y: The Last Man.” It comes as a huge surprise because of how much sense it makes. There was a way for the production company to play it safe (especially considering D.J. Caruso was once attached), but they’ve picked an untested young talent with a fresh perspective and a comic book shelf full of geek credibility instead. In the interest of full disclosure, I know Trachtenberg personally, but his talent speaks for itself. He rose to prominence on the Totally Rad Show and then made a name as a director with the short film Portal: No Escape. He’s shown he can handle action, but he must have also proved to New Line that he has the chops for something on this scale.

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Y: The Last Man Movie May Someday Be Made

Take this news with a hefty grain of salt. If Vulture‘s “well placed sources” are to be believed, an adaptation of Y: The Last Man may finally be heading towards production with New Line Cinema. The studio first optioned Brian K. Vaughn and Pia Guerra‘s popular comic book way back in 2003, but a steady series of false starts followed with directors and stars attaching then detaching themselves from the project. That’s not entirely a bad thing though seeing as two of the more recent names included DJ Caruso and Shia “Look at my serious penis!” LaBeouf. David Goyer, Zachary Levi, Louis Leterrier, and Alicia Keys have also been mentioned in various capacities.

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Why Watch? From its Fight Club-invoking opening credits to its strong fighting sequences, it’s great to see that someone has finally put the brilliant “Y: The Last Man” into motion picture form even if just as a labor of love. Some of it is a definitely amateur level, especially the camera work, but it’s a lot of fun, and it marks the kind of story and character potential that a property like this might have. Imagine this with a giant budget and pros behind it. Or better yet, as an HBO miniseries with all the trimmings. Thanks to Drake T. for submitting this one. What will it cost? Only 17 minutes. Skip Work. You’ve Got Time For More Short Films

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Speaking of Development Hell, New Line is back to the drawing board on Y: The Last Man. The good news? There’s a drawing board. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the production company has hired seasoned television writers Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia to craft a new script. The pair have experience born from shows like Jericho, Warehouse 13 and Human Target and they inherit a project with a lot of baggage to it. Presumably their hiring drops that baggage completely so that everyone can come to it with fresh eyes that have seen a lot on the small screen, but are just getting started on the big. Arguably, that’s a good thing. It’s a stunning comic book series from the brilliant mind of Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra. It demands to be made into an equally impressive film. So far, no one involved has been up to that task, so it’s great that the torch has been passed. As for this latest attempt at finding an anchor, it’s unclear. There’s something exciting about that. Hopefully this is the combination that makes it happen, and makes it happen in the right way.

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Y: The Last Man

Rumors are circulating again that an adaptation of Brian K. Vaughan’s stellar comic book Y: The Last Man is not completely, totally, absolutely dead. In fact, if those whispers are to be believed, Louis Leterrier himself is interested in resurrecting the recently dead project. With that optimism on the line, I’d like to politely offer 7 things for the filmmakers to think about while tackling the best graphic novel that Stephen King has ever read.

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Y: The Last Man

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.

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Eagle Eye director goes where hundreds of other directors have gone before, into deep space where a scary vessel awaits.

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Lost producer Damon Lindelof has confirmed this week that comic scribe turned teleplay master Brian K. Vaughan is leaving the show for ‘greener pastures’ prior to the start of season six.

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Eagle Eye Director DJ Caruso

Back in July I had the chance to watch the first thirty minutes or so of DJ Caruso’s newest thriller, Eagle Eye. First off, I have to say that what I saw of Eagle Eye…I loved. It was a fun, fast and intense ride that will make you think twice about syncing your iPhone. Caruso’s Disturbia was a big surprise for me, and his followup film seems to be ready to surprise fans once again.

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