A Y: The Last Man movie seems like a no-brainer. It’s got a great concept, the 60-issue run offers plenty of story ideas to pull from, and writer Brian K. Vaughan is already a known quantity in Hollywood, having worked on LOST and several other projects since. Okay, so in an ideal world the comic would be adapted into a series someplace like HBO, Starz, or AMC. But a movie is a nice second choice, and it sounds like, after a long time in development hell, a Y: The Last Man movie may be inching closer to theaters.
Rumors of a Y: The Last Man movie have been floating around pretty much since the comic debuted back in 2002, but different iterations of the project have come and gone without ever seeming to make much progress. Vulture is now reporting that Y has become a priority for New Line Cinema, with the studio supposedly excited by a new draft of the script by Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia (Jericho). New Line is said to now be lining up talks with various potential directors.
Here’s the ten-cent pitch for the comic: a semi-slackerish amateur escape artist named Yorick Brown is the only male survivor – along with his pet monkey, Ampersand – of a global disaster that strikes down everyone with a Y chromosome. Yorick soon hits the road with a badass member of George Washington’s secret spy network, the Culper Ring, and a sarcastic geneticist hoping to discover what killed all the dudes.
While the setup could easily have become an easy joke about a guy’s fantasies of being the only guy in a world full of women, Vaughn’s series acknowledges that cliché early on, then moves past it to focus on telling a thoroughly engrossing story. While the mystery of what killed all the men forms the spine of the story, Y makes it secondary to telling a very human story about an unlikely hero suddenly tasked with, quite literally, saving the species. I’m a little skeptical that the story can be done properly in the span of a two-hour movie, but I’ll keep my fingers crossed that they’ll find the right talent to make it something special.
In the meantime, we can always watch this Y: The Last Man fan film.