'Y: The Last Man' Director Confirms The Movie is Dead

Y The Last Man Ampersand

A lot of the time when a movie project fails to come to fruition, fans never really get to hear confirmation that the dream is dead, and are instead left to assume so after years of silence. In the case of comic book adaptations, however, there's often a time limit on how long a film studio has to make use of the title's rights before reverting back to the original owners (as was the case with Fox's planned Daredevil reboot, failing to get off the ground in time to prevent the rights returning to Marvel).

It seems a similar situation has arisen with Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra's comic book series Y: The Last Man, following protagonist Yorick Brown (who doesn't have any superpowers, and doesn't fight crime at night). The one thing that does make him special is the fact that he (along with his pet monkey, Ampersand) is the only survivor of a mysterious event that kills every warm-blooded male on the planet simultaneously. Sound like a story fit for film? We've got some bad news.

The film adaptation rights for Y: The Last Man were picked up several years ago (a decade, to be exact) by New Line Cinema and went through a series of writers and directors before finally settling with Dan Trachtenberg, best known for directing the impressive Portal fan film Portal: No Escape. Things were quiet for a whole year after Trachtenberg's appointment, until Vaughan revealed in January that there were only a few months left before the rights would revert back to himself and Guerra.

Today, Trachtenberg confirmed the death of the project on Twitter with a matter-of-fact statement:

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