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.
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Source: Latino Review