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Y: The Last Man Movie Is No More, Former Director Talks What Might Have Been

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y: the last manIn news that is both groan-worthy but also celebratory — and not exactly unexpected — Brian K. Vaughan’s stellar comic series Y: The Last Man is no longer on its way to the big screen, and will presumably never head down that troubled path again. Let’s all take a moment of silence to…(capuchin screams)…dammit, never mind. The announcement was made by director Dan Trachtenberg, the latest in a line of people who have tried to bring Vaughan’s hilarious and exciting story to film.

Usually in a case like this, it takes ages to get any details about “what might have been,” but Trachtenberg was awesome enough to speak with Slashfilm about the lapsed project, and he doesn’t seem to be all that sore about putting all of his hard work behind him. He compliments the shit out of comic writer Vaughan (who created the series with artist Pia Guerra), and divulges a lot of info about his influences and plans for the movie.

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Brian K. Vaughan Talks The Possibility, However Remote, Of A Saga Movie

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SagaFans of science fiction and/or comics are more than likely well aware of Saga, and if you’re not, you should be. The Eisner Award-winning Image Comics series by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples is one of the best continuing titles going right now—not to mention one of the few, along with Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead, that I manage to keep up with on the regular. Because San Diego Comic-Con apparently does still allow comic books through its doors, the two creators were there to discuss their series, and even discussed the possibility of a Saga movie in the future.

Vaughan has spent a fair amount of time recently working in television and film, writing and producing for the likes of Lost and Under the Dome, which he recently left. Saga marked a more earnest return to the form where he launched his career—he’s responsible for the likes of Y: The Last Man, Ex-Machina, and Runaways—and had pushed off any talk of an adaptation of the comic.

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Comic-Con 2014: Twelve Panels You Don’t Want To Miss On Saturday

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Comic-Con 2014 is almost here! Beginning this Wednesday, one of the largest pop culture events around will completely overwhelm San Diego. There’s so much going on, it’s a monumental task just to figure out which of the countless panels and events you want to try and see. Well, we’re here to make your life just a little bit easier by running down all the panels that should be at the top of your must-see list. Here are our picks for the Saturday events you can’t afford to miss!

FuryRoadWarner Bros. Pictures (10:00am – 12:00pm, Hall H)
Warners has got two major science fiction pictures to show off in their Hall H presentation: George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road and the Wachowskis’ Jupiter Ascending (as well as the upcoming The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies). Unfortunately, the program guide doesn’t currently list which guests will be on hand to promote things. I would be very surprised if the notoriously media-shy Wachowskis put in an appearance, but I wouldn’t rule out stars Channing Tatum and/or Mila Kunis. On the Mad Max front, I’d guess we might see Miller on hand, and possibly even the new Max himself, actor Tom Hardy. I’d put the chances of somebody asking him to do the Bane voice at 230%. If nothing else, we know the panel will be screening footage from both movies.

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Comic-Con 2014: Fourteen Panels You Don’t Want To Miss On Friday

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Comic-Con 2014 is only a week away. Thousands of fans and professionals will descend on San Diego and bury it in a thick coating of nerd several feet deep. There’s really nothing else like it, but the more years pass, the more overwhelming the Con becomes. There’s so much going on, it’s a monumental task just to figure out which of the countless panels and events you want to try and see. Well, we’re here to make your life just a little bit easier. Over the next couple of days, we’ll run down all the panels that should be at the top of your to-do list. Here are our picks for the Friday events you can’t afford to miss!

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WDeadAMC’s The Walking Dead (12:20pm – 1:20pm, Hall H)
The first massive Hall H presentation of the day puts the spotlight on AMC’s runaway hit zombie drama. In addition to a preview of season five, the panel and Q&A session will include a good chunk of the cast and crew. You’ll be able to toss your questions at actors Andrew Lincoln (Rick), Norman Reedus (Daryl), Steven Yeun (Glen), Lauren Cohan (Maggie), Danai Gurira (Michonne), Melissa McBride (Carol), Chad Coleman (Tyreese), and Michael Cudlitz (Sgt. Ford). On the crew side, you’ll get showrunner Scott Gimple, executive producer/creator Robert Kirkman, executive producer Gale Anne Hurd, executive producer Dave Alpert, and special effects makeup supervisor and executive producer Greg Nicotero. Nerdist mogul/Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick will once again moderate the proceedings.

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Brian K. Vaughan Is Out From Under Under The Dome

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DomeI hadn’t read Stephen King’s Under the Dome before the show premiered on CBS last summer — I still haven’t — so I have no clue how faithful/unfaithful an adaptation it is. In fact, I didn’t know much about it at all, aside from a lingering impression that the concept didn’t sound like it had the narrative legs to expand to an ongoing television series. Pretty much the only reason I eventually sat down and watched Under the Dome’s first season a few weeks back was the involvement of writer Brian K. Vaughan, who has given us some of the best comics of the past decade, as well as having written for Lost. So now that I’ve learned that Vaughan has parted ways with Under the Dome, my interest in the show just folded like triple-jointed origami expert.

Vaughan revealed his departure from Under the Dome, which is due to return to CBS for a second season this summer, during a lengthy interview with Bleeding Cool (which is worth reading in its entirety if you’re at all a Vaughan fan). In lieu of an official announcement, he just dropped it casually when asked what his role in the show this season will be. Vaughan said:

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Under The Dome Premieres To Huge Numbers

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under the domeI love the way TV programming has evolved in the last decade, with the quality of both regular and pay cable TV often surpassing that of the standard networks, and the baby brother Internet slowly becoming an unstoppable force where original projects are concerned. But again, that’s just about quality. When it comes to ratings, the networks still usually win out (though exceptions like AMC’s The Walking Dead have begun to wrangle away key demographics). Even primetime re-runs of The Big Bang Theory draw in more people than a lot of better shows out there. (That’s right, I said it!)

Following Monday night’s double dosage of Big Bang, CBS’ Under the Dome premiered to huge numbers, proving that Stephen King and savvy marketing are huge draws, even when the subject matter isn’t the most mainstream material. Of course, CBS mainstreamed the shit out of said material, and the script from comic genius Brian K. Vaughan was as corny and stereotypical as anything else on the network, but that’s what people are clamoring for these days. Not that the show was bad, necessarily; it would have been positively breathtaking had it come out at some point in the late 1970s.