One day, without any warning, every living mammal with a Y chromosome drops dead simultaneously. The entire planet is plunged onto chaos by the loss of half the population - including the majority of world leaders - and humanity faces the very real possibility of extinction. The only possible saving grace is Yorick Brown and his Capuchin monkey, Ampersand, who are the only males to have survived this devastating plague.
That was the premise of Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra's comic book series Y: The Last Man, and it was intriguing enough to catch the attention of New Line Cinema, the studio that bought the movie rights not long after the series began. Since then there have been multiple writers and directors attached to the project, which has served a long sentence in development hell without any concrete news as to when it will begin filming.
The patience of Y: The Last Man fans isn't the only thing being tested by the wait. In an interview with CBR, Vaughan revealed that New Line is running out of time to start shooting the movie:
"It's my understanding that the rights to 'Y: The Last Man' will revert back to co-creator Pia Guerra and me for the first time in a decade if the planned New Line adaptation doesn't start shooting in the next few months, so I expect there will be some 'Y' news in 2014 either way."
This could mean either good news or bad for those eagerly anticipating a movie adaptation of Y: The Last Man. While it's possible that a time limit will force New Line to finally get the ball rolling on production, it's also possible that the studio will simply give up on the endeavor entirely. This happened recently with Twentieth Century Fox and the Daredevil film rights, which reverted back to Marvel after ten years passed without Fox making use of the property.
Y: The Last Man could definitely make for a great movie, so hopefully this deadline will be the kick up the backside that New Line needs to get things moving. A script is already in place, penned by Matthew Federman and Steven Scaia (Warehouse 13), and it's been over a year since director Dan Trachtenberg signed on. Since then, however, there's been no further news regarding either casting or a planned start for production.
If the rights do revert, however, that doesn't necessarily mean that the property will lie dormant for long. Comic book adaptations are much more desirable now than they were when New Line first purchased the rights to Y: The Last Man, and Vaughan's writing has also gained a great deal more attention since 2003, with his TV series Under the Dome proving to be a big summer hit for CBS. If the rights to Y: The Last Man do fall into new hands, perhaps a TV show or film penned by Vaughan himself isn't out of the question.
Share your thoughts on this project in the comments: are you still holding out hope for New Line's Y: The Last Man adaptation, or do you think that the story would be better off in different hands?
We'll let you know the fate of Y: The Last Man as details become available.