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Louis Leterrier wants to turn Y: The Last Man into an HBO miniseries

11.11.2010

There's no doubt about it - Y: THE LAST MAN is stuck in development hell. New Line optioned Brian K. Vaughan's epic comic series and had originally set DJ Caruso to adapt the film for his then-DISTURBIA star Shia LaBeouf. But that was a good four years ago and little progress has been made since.

Caruso appears to have moved on (he recently said he's only "loosely" involved with the development) but another director has come forward with an idea to jumpstart the project. CLASH OF THE TITANS director Louis Leterrier would actually like to skip theaters altogether and bring the project to HBO.

He's not formally attached to the project but is trying to convince New Line and parent company Warner Bros. to let him run with an ambitious idea. "[It wouldn't work as] one large film, no. I'd love to do it as a TV show or a three-part series."

As Lebowski would say, "That's f*cking interesting man..." The problem always seemed to stem from the difficulty in adapting Vaughan's work, which spanned five years and 60 issues, into one two-hour movie. Says Leterrier of TV, "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."

The unfortunate thing is that "the people financing it don't know if it's a TV show a movie, or what it should be," explains Leterrier. I love the idea of a series on HBO and hopefully it's something Leterrier can convince New Line/WB to work with sister company HBO on finally bringing the story to life.

Source: MTV

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11:01AM on 11/12/2010
This is MUCH better. I hope WB looks at the recent success of The Walking Dead and realize it's worth putting in the time and effort to make Y into a TV Series instead. for as long as it goes, a TV Series has a much better opportunity to capture everything from the books instead of a film.
This is MUCH better. I hope WB looks at the recent success of The Walking Dead and realize it's worth putting in the time and effort to make Y into a TV Series instead. for as long as it goes, a TV Series has a much better opportunity to capture everything from the books instead of a film.
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6:20AM on 11/12/2010
This is exactly HOW Y should be done... on HBO (or Showtime... I'm not picky... hell, AMC is even doing wonders these days) and as a series that runs about 5-6 seasons. Now lets get Preacher on HBO and we're good (and in that case it HAS to be HBO).
This is exactly HOW Y should be done... on HBO (or Showtime... I'm not picky... hell, AMC is even doing wonders these days) and as a series that runs about 5-6 seasons. Now lets get Preacher on HBO and we're good (and in that case it HAS to be HBO).
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9:51PM on 11/11/2010
Great news. Now I have to steal HBO somehow.
Great news. Now I have to steal HBO somehow.
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8:35PM on 11/11/2010

oh thank God

Its the best choice for this kind of story. They can drag it out for 10 years if they want.
Kinda like The Walking Dead.
Its the best choice for this kind of story. They can drag it out for 10 years if they want.
Kinda like The Walking Dead.
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6:21PM on 11/11/2010
This story has always been one of my fantasies. Being the last man on earth surrounded by hot girl's. One way or another I just hope this gets made into something. Movies with this plot end up falling flat, but with a decent budget this should be good!
This story has always been one of my fantasies. Being the last man on earth surrounded by hot girl's. One way or another I just hope this gets made into something. Movies with this plot end up falling flat, but with a decent budget this should be good!
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6:01PM on 11/11/2010

This reminds me of something else...

Remember when Sam Mendes wanted to do that with the PREACHER series...man, that would have been cool...but alas here we are again with another great comic looking to HBO to bring it to life. Heres to hoping I guess.
Remember when Sam Mendes wanted to do that with the PREACHER series...man, that would have been cool...but alas here we are again with another great comic looking to HBO to bring it to life. Heres to hoping I guess.
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5:46PM on 11/11/2010

Make it so...

I agree that Leterrier is out of his element (whatever his element is). How about Antoine Fuqua? He can definitely handle ensemble casts.
I agree that Leterrier is out of his element (whatever his element is). How about Antoine Fuqua? He can definitely handle ensemble casts.
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2:55PM on 11/11/2010

Yes!

I agree.
I agree.
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12:54PM on 11/11/2010
This needs to happen, I dont give a shit how it does just that it does... Love this series so fucking much. Actually have the logo tattoo'd up on my wrist
This needs to happen, I dont give a shit how it does just that it does... Love this series so fucking much. Actually have the logo tattoo'd up on my wrist
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12:02PM on 11/11/2010
This is a good idea. This would benefit more being a television show then an actual movie. With this type of story and material, it is better to expand through episodes than a 2 to 3 hour movies and make it seemed rush and without depth. I just don't see Leterrier working well with this material, even though I love his movies.

I always thought Chris Evans would have been for the lead. But with his new success, I doubt this would happen now.
This is a good idea. This would benefit more being a television show then an actual movie. With this type of story and material, it is better to expand through episodes than a 2 to 3 hour movies and make it seemed rush and without depth. I just don't see Leterrier working well with this material, even though I love his movies.

I always thought Chris Evans would have been for the lead. But with his new success, I doubt this would happen now.
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11:57AM on 11/11/2010
Of course the Walking Dead makes this seem feasible but isn't this what they were talking about doing with The Dark Tower before Ron Howard decided to break it up into half movie/half tv series?
Of course the Walking Dead makes this seem feasible but isn't this what they were talking about doing with The Dark Tower before Ron Howard decided to break it up into half movie/half tv series?
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11:39AM on 11/11/2010
With the success of The Walking Dead on AMC, Letterier's pitch has definitely been given legs to stand on. Now all that's left is for the financiers to let it run.
With the success of The Walking Dead on AMC, Letterier's pitch has definitely been given legs to stand on. Now all that's left is for the financiers to let it run.
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2:56PM on 11/11/2010
definitely.
definitely.
11:37AM on 11/11/2010

HBO? Yes. Leterrier? No.


I'm all for turning Y: THE LAST MAN into an HBO, AMC, or Showtime series. It suits the material. I'm not sure Louis Leterrier is the man for the job, though. His track record isn't particularly impressive.

I'm all for turning Y: THE LAST MAN into an HBO, AMC, or Showtime series. It suits the material. I'm not sure Louis Leterrier is the man for the job, though. His track record isn't particularly impressive.
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11:29AM on 11/11/2010

I like it...

I'm getting more into comics like this being adapted to the small screen kinda like AMC did with The Walking Dead. I can see this happening on HBO cause you can do a lot more in terms of being faithful to the comic...
I'm getting more into comics like this being adapted to the small screen kinda like AMC did with The Walking Dead. I can see this happening on HBO cause you can do a lot more in terms of being faithful to the comic...
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