Louis Leterrier Could Direct ‘Y: The Last Man’

Published 5 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 10:02 am,

y the last man movie Louis Leterrier Could Direct Y: The Last Man

It’s been a long time since we heard anything on the adaptation of Brian k. Vaughan’s hit comic book series Y: The Last Man. As of last June, director DJ Caruso (Eagle Eye, Disturbia) was still working on the script with Vaughan and screenwriter Carl Ellsworth but that they wouldn’t be ready to start production in 2010.

According to Latino Review’s inside sources, it appears that they’re off the project and that director Louis Leterrier is targeting the director’s chair.

As we know, DJ Caruso and Shia LaBeouf have a strong working relationship and the plan was for Y: The Last Man to star LaBeouf and give him yet another franchise for his resume. With them seemingly off the film and it having been delayed, the news of Leterrier circling the project gives the impression that New Line may be able to actually push this movie forward.

Louis Leterrier directed The Incredible Hulk which I enjoyed a lot and the soon-to-release Clash of the Titans remake which I’m very hesitant on (not just because of the fake 3D they threw on). He’s also been talking up The Avengers, saying that he’s on Marvel’s shortlist to possible direct that film. I’m sure the reception of Clash of the Titans will make or break that. Marvel cannot throw a director on such a high-stakes project who people can’t get behind and he needs more than The Incredible Hulk to land him that job.

If true, that means Shia LaBeouf likely won’t star which is a great thing for me. I cannot get excited about him headlining the film as the main character Yorick Brown, the last man on Earth, especially after his roles (and over-saturation) in the Indiana Jones and Transformers franchises. Fortunately, LaBeouf partly realizes this himself and seemingly pulled out of the project last year because of the character being far too similar to Sam Witwicky from Transformers.

While Disturbia was okay, I was unimpressed with Eagle Eye and wouldn’t mind someone taking the reins from director DJ Caruso. I read through the entire series of Y: The Last Man and it certainly would make for an amazing live-action adaptation if done right. The plan is for this to be a trilogy and it was hoped they’d get the first one out in 2011.

For those unfamiliar with the story, Y: The Last Man follows the epic journey of Yorick Brown and his pet monkey, Ampersand, as the only two known mammals possessing a Y chromosome left on earth as they travel through the new and chaotic world looking for answers and a long lost love. It was a story about the characters more than anything and that’s what helped make it special. I highly recommend it.

Who would you like to direct Y: The Last Man?

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Source: Latino Review

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  1. does this mean no Avengers for him?

  2. Well it was only him who said he was in consideration so we don't even know how accurate that was. Plus, if Clash gets bad reviews, he's out regardless.

  3. I picked up the original Clash of the Titans a few years ago on a whim, and I really enjoyed it. I still watch it occasionally. When I heard there was going to be a remake, I was less than thrilled really.

  4. I just finished Y: The Last Man after one of the editors here recommended it and I freaking loved it! It is really a lot of great material for a movie…maybe too much for just 1 movie (just like with the Preacher movie). In any case, I can't wait to see how it turns out.

  5. I'm considering ordering the comics…

  6. It was probably me, lol. I've written all 3 of our articles on this movie and I'm a big fan of the books :)

  7. You won't be disappointed :)

  8. Rob

    We already know the story of Clash of the Titans so what could Letterier do wrong with this remake? It follows the same story right? I've already heard bad things about the 3D but that can't be his fault. He doesn't handle the CGI either. This is for pure entertainment I guess since we already know what it's about and how it will end.

  9. Did you just say that remakes can't go wrong due to the directors because they're just that, remakes?

  10. I'm not saying it can't go wrong but it's a remake not a reboot. We know everything already so all we are getting is the same movie with new effects. I liked the first one so why wouldn't I like this one?

  11. Your logic blows my mind.

    We don't know *everything* already. The shots could be bad, the dialogue and characters could be terrible, the pacing of the story, the story as a whole etc. could be off.

    A director of a remake does not simply replicate an old movie and leave it SFX and post-production to make it work. The director guides what happens on screen and what we see in the end. I cannot believe you're saying that no matter what happens, it's not his fault.

    So, no matter what happens with the Conan remake, it's not Marcus Nispel's fault?

  12. lol Rob relax. The only way we don't know what happens is if they are changing the story in some way. We have Liam Neeson and Sam Worthington acting out a greek mythology that we came to love years ago. I understand that a director guides everyone throughout the movie and dictates what we get on screen but the only way this comes out bad is if they change things drastically. Don't we already know how this story goes or did they re-write the mythology to give us something new? They was no indication that they were changing anything.

  13. I thought we were talking about Leterrier. If this movie is not liked and does BAD with the critics, it's mostly him to blame and Marvel won't hand him the Avengers gig.

    To answer your first question, he can do all kinds of thing wrong with this remake.

  14. We are talking about Leterrier. From what I have seen of his work in the past, I don't think he can screw it up but I've been wrong before. Only McG could screw this up.

  15. Yorick should definitely be Zachary Levi from Chuck. Perfect fit.

  16. Lebouf-bag blows. Get as far away from this dweeb as possible.

  17. If it was you Rob, THANK YOU! It was a great read and I read all of them in about 4 days (could not put 'em down). Not sure if a movie will do it justice but the source material is not too “out there” so I have hopes.

  18. Rob

    check out vics review of Clash. No mention of Letterier or the direction. That's what I meant by saying there wasn't much the director could do when it comes to remakes of the same story.

  19. Y belongs on HBO. The idea of a trilogy is okay, but disappointing for the sheer scope of story elements that will be lost.

    Given that it starts with Yorick in his early twenties and ends with Yorick in his early thirties, I still think Ryan Reynolds could be viable casting. He's been Yorick in my head since I first read the comics. Zachary Levi would be credible as well, with a less-broad style than what he usually leans into on Chuck.

    That said, Leterrier did a nice job with Hulk, but is wrong for Y. Y needs a director who is wholly concerned with humanity. It is not an ACTION book. Yes, action HAPPENS- there are ninjas and tanker explosions and military expeditions, but ultimately it's about moments like Y sitting in front of the Washington monument, talking with that girl about how The Rolling Stones and David Bowie are dead and gone, and how freaking weird that is. Y the Last Man needs a careful, attentive, human hand.

    I may or may not be extremely protective of this property. Aaargh.

  20. I really don't like Shia LeBouf as Yorick. I think Brody Jenner from “The Hills” would be perfect. I wondered if they have considered him??