A film adaptation of Brian K. Vaughan‘s brilliant comic series Y: The Last Man has been in development hell for years, and now the rights might finally revert back to Vaughan and co-creator Pia Guerra. For those who haven’t read the series (and you absolutely should because it’s amazing), it takes place in a world where all men have died except for one, college student/amateur escape artist Yorick Brown (the “Y” refers not only to his name, but that he has a “Y” chromosome). The adaptation has gone through multiple directors including D.J. Caruso (Eagle Eye), which also had Shia LaBeouf attached to star, then moving on to helmer Louis Leterrier (Now You See Me), and a year ago to Dan Trachtenberg, who directed a Portal fan film. Because none of these projects have ever started, New Line Cinema’s option is running out, and so it might go back to Vaughan.
Hit the jump for more including a status update on the adaptation of Vaughan’s Marvel Comics series Runaways, and his spec scripts for Roundtable and The Vault.
New Line Cinema has found a director for its long-gestating adaptation of the Brian K. Vaughan graphic novel Y: The Last Man. The dystopian story centers on Yorick, the last surviving man after an epidemic kills every other mammal with a Y chromosome. We reported last September that the project was a priority for the studio and they were vetting possible directors. The pressure was on to find the right person for the pic, as a number of candidates have come and gone including DJ Caruso (Disturbia), who was attached to the project for a considerable amount of time. Now that director search has seemingly ended, as the studio has settled on commercials helmer Dan Trachtenberg to bring the adaptation to fruition. Hit the jump for more details.
It seems that New Line Cinema hasn’t forgotten about their plans to adapt Y: The Last Man after all, according to a new report. After a recent script submission from Jericho scribes Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia, the studio was apparently pleased enough to move the project up in their priority list. The Eisner Award-winning series written by Brian K. Vaughn and illustrated by Pia Guerra centers on Yorick, the last surviving man after an epidemic kills every other mammal with a Y chromosome. Hit the jump for more on the project in development.
An adaptation of Y: The Last Man has been in development pretty much since it’s release in 2002, and has proven unadaptable for just as long. Last we checked in on the project, Louis Leterrier expressed his dream to turn the 60-issue comic into a TV series. But Heat Vision reports that New Line has hired Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia (Human Target) to start from scratch on a Y: The Last Man feature. The Brian K. Vaughan comic centers on Yorick, an escape artist who is the sole male survivor of an unknown plague that wiped out every man on Earth. It’s a sprawling tale in which Yorick wanders across the country, where a new adventure awaits at every location. The report says nothing about the possibility of multiple films, so presumably Federman and Scaia are faced with the daunting task of streamlining the entire adventure into a two-hour arc. Vaughan actually drafted a Y: The Last Man screenplay himself that leaked to a positive reception. So it can be done. I do wish Federman and Scaia the best of luck, since I’d like to see Y on the big screen. But if they fail like so many others, let’s try it on TV. C’mon, HBO.
Hit the jump for details on Inferno Entertainment’s option on Hold Tight.
With the two-hour series finale of Chuck airing this week, we can finally reveal that we were on set for the filming of that last episode, where we got to interview the cast and creative team about their experiences. While everyone was clearly proud of their work and time on the show, it was also obvious that they were sad to see it go.
During the interview with series star Zachary Levi, he talked about how gnarly it was to film their last scenes, that they spent their last day of shooting on the Buy More set reminiscing about their time on the show, guest stars he wishes could have come back, what he hoped he would get to do as Chuck but never got the chance to do, what it was like to direct his last Chuck episode, and whether fans will feel any resolution to the Chuck and Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) relationship. He also talked about his desire to continue directing, his hope that he’ll be able to do a Y: The Last Man movie someday, and wanting to do a Broadway show. Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there might be some spoilers:
When we last reported on the planned adaptation of Brian K. Vaughan’s fantastic comic book series Y: The Last Man, we heard that director Louis Leterrier (Clash of the Titans) may be interested in taking the helm. MTV’s Splash Page recently spoke with Leterrier about the project and he confirmed that he was interested. However, the project is apparently mired stuck in limbo due to disagreements over how best to adapt the 60-issue comic series. Said Leterrier,
“I still want to do it. I’m passionate about it. But it’s stuck. People don’t know what to do with it. I’d love to do it, but I need people to finance it, and the people financing it don’t know if it’s a TV show a movie, or what it should be.”
Hit the jump for why Leterrier thinks Y would work best as a TV series.
Director Louis Leterrier may be the one to finally bring Y: The Last Man out of development hell and onto the big screen. Based on the brilliant comic book series by Brian K. Vaughan (who is currently shopping around a script for his apocalyptic-heist story, The Vault), Latino Review reports (via their source “Pinche Taco”, who is clearly a smart guy but for some reason writes like a mentally retarded Mexican) that the Incredible Hulk director is circling the project. Earlier this week, we reported that Leterrier was also on the short list for The Avengers, but Latino Review says that was just self-promotion on the director’s part.
It’s hard to say whether or not Leterrier is a good choice at this point. I like The Incredible Hulk, but it doesn’t make me think, “This guy must direct Y: The Last Man.” I’m seeing Clash of the Titans so I’ll have a more informed opinion of the guy then.
Hit the jump for a brief history of trying to adapt Y: The Last Man thus far.
Brian K. Vaughan, one of the best comic/TV/movie writers out there, is shopping around a script for a post-apocalyptic film called The Vault, which involves a real-world Doomsday vault located in Norway. Reported by Production Weekly’s Twitter, /Film provides more details:
“A post-apocalyptic heist movie involving the real-world Doomsday Vault in the Arctic, The Vault is Ocean’s 11 meets 2012/Children of Men. When a terrifying plague destroys crops and causes starvation on a global scale, the world’s greatest thief must break into the extremist-controlled Doomsday Vault to steal the one seed that could prevent the extinction of the human race.”
Vaughan’s previous work includes the comic series Y: The Last Man, Runaways, and Ex Machina. He was also a writer for Lost. Hit the jump to read how Vaughan made me a fan of comic books and learn about an unproduced screenplay he has that needs to be produced now.
You can never go wrong making a movie about counterfeiters or gangsters. They could make a hundred of these movies a year and studios would still make money. The reason is simple: people love to watch others reap financial rewards through illegitimate means as long as the criminals don’t take the money directly from average, good-hearted Americans.
Making the latest entry in the popular counterfeiter/gangster subgenre, Chris Pine (Captain Kirk) and director D.J. Caruso (“Eagle Eye”, “Disturbia”) are in negotiations with Paramount Pictures to make “The Art of Making Money” next year. The movie would be based on a 2005 Rolling Stone article by Jason Kersten, who turned his reporting into the book “The Art of Making Money: The Story of a Master Counterfeiter”. More after the jump:
Shia LaBeouf and I have some history. That’s because back when he was promoting “Surf’s Up” in Hawaii, I surprised him with an “Indiana Jones” question on a red carpet and his reaction was priceless. Here’s the interview. Since then, he’s always remembered me and been extremely friendly. He’s never acted like the movie star he is.
So when I walked into the interview room to speak with him about “Transformers Revenge of the Fallen” as a reporter for our partners at Omelete, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Would he remember me? Would he tell his publicists to escort me out? Or would he be the same Shia that is willing to talk about anything.
Thankfully, it was the Shia that I’ve always encountered and he greeted me like a friend. Before the cameras rolled we talked briefly about his hand (he said it’s doing well) and caught up a bit. I then told him I had a few surprises to ask him and he said he not only expected them, but was ready for whatever I could ask.
What he didn’t know is…I’m friends with someone he grew up with, and the first two questions came from our mutual friend Bo Barrett. Once again I surprised Shia and his reaction is great. Same with his answers.
So after the jump watch Shia talk about his childhood, Michael Bay, traveling the world to promote the movie, and “Y: The Last Man”.
For the last few years, director D.J. Caruso has been trying to bring Brian K. Vaughn and Pia Guerra’s “Y: The Last Man” to the big screen.
D.J. has always said he wanted Shia LaBeouf to play the series’ protagonist Yorick Brown. But recently, Shia has said the character is too close to his “Transformers” role and that led to everyone speculating the project wouldn’t happen.
Not so fast, says Shia.
You see, yesterday I sat down with the in-demand actor as a reporter for our partner website Omelete. Shia is out doing a lot of press for “Transformers Revenge of the Fallen” and I got some time with him on camera. In the next day you’ll be able to see the entire interview, but after the jump you can see Shia explain his love for “Y: The Last Man” and how the project might still happen.
He also says one of the reasons they’re not making it is, “the script is not ready to be shot. DJ is making a different movie right now. He’s making “Jack and the Beanstalk”.
Interesting. More after the jump:
In a recent interview with Wizard Magazine, Shia LaBeouf has taken himself out of the running for the role of leading (and only) man in the planned adaptation of Brian K. Vaughn and Pia Guerra’s brilliant comic series “Y: The Last Man”. LaBeouf tells Wizard, “You take Sam and you put a monkey on his shoulder. I don’t know if it’s that big a differential. It seems like he’s the ordinary guy in an extraordinary situation again.” I understand that LaBeouf doesn’t want to be pigeonholed and do roles that seem repetitive but I’ll say that A) The dramatic material in playing Yorick would far exceed anything that could come out of a “Transformers” movie; and B) if that’s his new criteria for judging which films he will and won’t do, he’s basically ruled out about two-thirds of all Hollywood movies.
LaBeouf continues, “I’m not willing to make that movie currently, and may be too old to play the role by the time it does come around.” Clearly not a lot of faith in director D.J. Caruso and writer Carl Ellsworth to make it happen in the near-future and with Caruso currently in negotiations on Masi Oka’s “The Defenders”, it looks like we won’t be seeing the adventures of Yorick Brown and Ampersand any time soon.