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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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Preacher Show Producers Could Have Pursued Y: The Last Man Series Instead

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YGarth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s Preacher is one of my favorite comic series of all time, a sprawling cross-country road trip involving vampires, serial killers, disturbing kinks, a guy accurately nicknamed named “Arseface,” some truly awful rednecks, and a former man of God now determined to hold the deity responsible for the mess he’s let his creation become. Preacher has been in development as a movie for years — a terrible idea in my opinion, as it would work much better as a TV series. Thankfully, that’s exactly what’s going to happen, as it was announced this past February that Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and Sam Caitlin are adapting the comic for AMC. But if the trio’s Preacher dreams hadn’t come together, they would have tried to bring another acclaimed comic to the small screen: Y: The Last Man.

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If A Y: The Last Man Movie Doesn’t Happen Soon It Might Not Happen At All

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&Y: The Last Man, from writer Brian K. Vaughan and artist Pia Guerra, is considered one of the best comics of the new millennium. Starting in 2002, and wrapping up in 2008, the journey of Yorick Brown and his pet Capuchin monkey, Ampersand, as the last two living males on Earth, has been in development in since 2007. But if something isn’t done soon, the rights on the property may revert back to the creators.

Y is a long way from happening, but has already travelled a long, bumpy road. D.J. Caruso (Disturbia, Eagle Eye) was attached to helm an adaptation for a while, with actor and plagiarist Shia LaBeouf (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen) attached to play Yorick. At one time, French director Louis Leterrier (Now You See Me, The Incredible Hulk) also expressed an interest in directing. Caruso and LaBeouf have now moved on, and New Line Cinema had gone in a new direction.

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Y: The Last Man Movie Might Finally Go Into Production Next Year

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y: The Last ManBrian K. Vaughn’s Y: The Last Man is one of the best comic book series of the last decade. The series is rich, complex, and deep, which makes it perfect to be the next big comic book movie. Y: The Last Man works for anyone who enjoys great storytelling. The Totally Rad Show’s Dan Trachtenberg will direct the much-anticipated film, but the only question is when will the movie be released in theaters.

According to the film’s producer David S. Goyer, the Y: The Last Man movie might go into production sooner than expected. He told CraveOnline, “We’ve got a script that’s as close as it’s ever been. That could go into production next year…. The first movie is meant to function as a standalone, but hopefully continue. Hopefully there will be others.”

I don’t see how Y: The Last Man can be made as one standalone movie. The story has so many twists and turns that it would be virtually impossible to re-create in one movie. Truthfully, Y: The Last Man would work better as a mini-series or a TV show on HBO or Showtime because the comic series is so episodic by nature.

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Y: The Last Man Director Dan Trachtenberg Talks About The Comic…In 2006

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Yesterday we heard that commercial and Portal fan-film helmer Dan Trachtenberg had landed the job directing the adaptation of Brian K. Vaughn’s fan-favorite comic, Y: The Last Man. Many of us have been watching this project for a long time, and apparently so has Trachtenberg. While he may not have any feature film experience, he does have a level of enthusiasm to make up for it. Below you can listen to him talk about the comic on this podcast from 2006—New Line Cinema didn’t acquire the rights to the book until 2007—and get a sense of how he talked his way into the job.

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Brian K. Vaughn’s Y: The Last Man Finally Finds A Director

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Here’s a bit of good news for comic book fans, or at least fans of movies about a man and his monkey. (And who doesn’t love that?) New Line Cinema has hired Dan Trachtenberg to direct the adaptation of cult favorite Y: The Last Man. Trachtenberg has a background helming commercials, but has garnered some attention recently with his 2011 short, Portal: No Escape, based on the video game Portal.

Y: The Last Man, the story of a man and his monkey, finally has a director.

Y: The Last Man, the story of a man and his monkey, finally has a director.