The idea of translating the comic series ‘Y: The Last Man’ to either a feature film or TV series has come up periodically over the last few years and while it’s been dormant for long stretches of time it’s never completely disappeared.
‘Y: The Last Man’ of course refers to the series written by Brian K Vaughn (Ex Machina, Saga) and Pia Guerra published by Vertigo with issue one released in 2002. The series follows the only man to survive an apocalyptic event that results in the simultaneous death of every male mammal on earth, barring the main character’s pet monkey of course.
After various rumours over the years including casting speculation that involved Shia Labeouf, we heard late in 2012 that New Line Cinema were happy with a draft scrip by Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia (Jericho)and that the project remains a priority at the studio.
That has indeed turned out to be the case with an announcement this week that the director of the film is to be Dan Trachtenberg. Not having directed a feature film Trachtenberg has helmed several commercials and also premiered his short film ‘Portal: No Escape’ at the 2011 San Diego Comic Con.
Since then the short film went on to receive millions of hits on youtube and made something of a splash in Hollywood. Dan Trachtenberg is also one of three co-hosts on the now wrapped daily geek video podcast that covered film, comic, and TV news ‘The Totally Rad Show’. TRS ran for six years before Dan Trachtenberg, Alex Albreicht and Jeff Cannata ended the show, most likely due to Dan’s upcoming film?
‘Y: The Last Man’ couldn’t possibly come at a better time, in the era of endless superhero orientated comic book adaptations it’s pleasing to see a non-superhero comic book adaptation getting some attention, and for that reason there’s even more riding on the success of this film.
Stay tuned for more Y news as it’s announced!