Five and a half years ago, D.J. Caruso (I Am Number Four) landed the director’s chair for the adaptation of Vertigo’s hit comic series Y: The Last Man, but after years of developmental hurdles and talk of whether or not Shia LaBeouf would star in the film, the project seemingly faded away.
Caruso wanted to do a trilogy, New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. – according to Caruso – wanted a single film with a definitive ending. Louis Letterier (The Incredible Hulk) was next in line to helm, but met a similar fate, but hope was rekindled last year when they the studio finally found a script they were pleased with, and now, Y: The Last Man officially has a director once again.
Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia, both of Jericho and Warehouse 13 fame, were hired last spring to pen an entirely new screenplay for Y: The Last Man. Despite their TV background, it sounded as if they’d be adapting the 60-issue series into one film, a point of contention between Caruso and the studio years prior.
Deadline has the scoop that Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema, with a new script in hand, has signed Dan Trachtenberg to direct Y: The Last Man. Trachtenberg’s earned an online following for years as a co-host on Revision 3’s successful Totally Rad Show webseries – where they even discussed Y: The Last Man. An experienced commercial director, Trachtenberg made major headlines in 2011 after debuting a live-action short film based on the video game Portal. Portal: No Escape has since earned over 11.5 million views on YouTube and the attention of Hollywood, landing him the gig directing Crime of the Century for Universal Pictures.
Y: The Last Man is the critically acclaimed and highly successful Vertigo comic series by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra. The story 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.
Dan has a wonderful challenge ahead of him, one that his passion for the source material makes him a right fit for. How the adaptation pans out in terms of what story arcs and characters are included/left out from the series, remains to be seen.
Just got home from a meeting….did anY cool movie news break todaY?
— Dan Trachtenberg (@DannyTRS) January 10, 2013
Fun facts: I started writing about Y: The Last Man 1310 days ago (literally) on Screen Rant. I read Y: The Last Man based on Trachtenberg’s show talking about it. Trachtenberg has the series listed on his MySpace page under favorite books from years and years ago.
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