Director Louis Leterrier Signals Interest in Y: THE LAST MAN; Says It Would Work Best as a TV Series

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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.

For those who don’t know, Y: The Last Man centers on the adventures of Yorick Brown, who is the last man on Earth after a mysterious plague wipes out every mammal with a “Y” chromosome (with the exception of Yorick’s trusted pet monkey, Ampersand).

Leterrier explains why he likes the idea of Y: The Last Man as a TV show:

“You take time to get to know your characters. You can introduce a lot of characters. You don’t need your three-action set pieces that you usually need for movies. Frankly, with HBO and Showtime and cable shows, the DVD box sets and all, you can have a product that doesn’t make you feel like as soon as it’s projected, it’s thrown away. It’s really a piece of art.”

Perhaps the recent success of The Walking Dead will signal that there’s room for a successful ongoing TV series based on a popular comic book.  As for Leterrier taking the helm, I’m still not sold on him either way, and I don’t know if he’s the one to make a Y: The Last Man adaptation into “a piece of art.”

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  • http://trailertracker.wordpress.com/ izikavazo

    OH MY GOD!!!!! This is the best news I’ve heard all year. Louis Leterrier is my new hero. This is absolutely the best way to create Y: The Last Man. A movie would be passable, if they use Brian K. Vaughan’s script. But still, so much would be lost. I hope and pray that this guy gets to do this.

  • DREDD

    Get HBO to TV it up! I dont know the source material much, but a post apocalyptic tv series with decent budget and story works for me. Walking dead is good so far, and Pacific, Spartacus and Dexter are amazing!

    As long as it doesnt fizzle out like LOST and HEROES then I would rather see a series.

  • http://twitter.com/trend_whore Tanner Matthews

    I surely agree that i’d like to see this get going but Leterrier is far from the person that should be doing this. I’d much rather see DJ Caruso do it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/LoyalMehnert Loyal Mehnert

    I suggested several days ago that AMC should look into Y as a companion piece to The Walking Dead. It would make for one of the most compelling 2 hour television blocks in history.

  • Angmal

    Considering Leterrier has enough intelligence and insight to realise that a cable TV show would be the best approach for this rather than cramming it into a truncated movie or two, that suggests to me that he has been under-appreciated thus far. Both his biggest movies to date have been scuppered largely by producer and studio interference, and he hasn’t had the clout to stand his ground. Considering Clash was a big hit and James Cameron now wants to work with him, perhaps that might change. I say give him a chance.

    • Ryan

      What the mand said.

      • Ryan

        I meant man*, my bad.

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