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Y: The Last Man comic adaptation gets a new set of writers

03.15.2012
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Screenwriters Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia are setting up to take over writing duties on the long-in-development comic book adaptation of Brian K. Vaughan's (LOST) series Y: THE LAST MAN.  After a number of false starts, including one with director D.J. Caruso and Shia LeBouf, New Line Cinema are reviving their efforts to get the translation to the big screen.

Y: THE LAST MAN follows the exploits of Yorrick Brown, "the only  human survivor of a planet-wide plague that instantly kills every mammal possessing a Y chromosome. Accompanied by a mysterious government agent, a brilliant young geneticist and his pet monkey, Ampersand, Yorick travels the world in search of his lost love and the answer to why he'sthe last man on earth."

I've read the entire series and found it to be a tremendous achievement, chock full of action, humor, and social commentary.  Vaughan really left no stone unturned when exploring the series, never letting it fall into a shallow stereotype.  The only problem I have with this adaptation, much like Garth Ennis' PREACHER, is that it's too damn big for a two-hour movie.  If ever there was another comic series ripe for a cable TV series it's Y: THE LAST MAN.  It will be a miracle if they can truly capture this in a single sitting. 

No word on a director or cast, which is probably a few drafts away from being announced.  Like SIN CITY 2, this is a project that is struggling to get up the hill, but at least it's still trying to do so. 

More as this develops.

Extra Tidbit: Brian K. Vaughn's new comic series, Saga, was just released this month. If his past credits are any indication, the new series will likely be pretty great.

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8:56AM on 03/16/2012
I agree with JCPhoenix, HBO tv show would be the way to go. And like adamjohnfloyd, the 2nd half of the series was weaker than the first, but the characters where so damn likeable, I stuck with it from beginning to end. Brett Harrison would do a good job as Yorick Brown.
I agree with JCPhoenix, HBO tv show would be the way to go. And like adamjohnfloyd, the 2nd half of the series was weaker than the first, but the characters where so damn likeable, I stuck with it from beginning to end. Brett Harrison would do a good job as Yorick Brown.
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12:28AM on 03/16/2012

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Saga is absolutely amazing thus far... A bit heavy, but completely brilliant.
Saga is absolutely amazing thus far... A bit heavy, but completely brilliant.
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8:59PM on 03/15/2012

TV show please...

Yeah this feels like it would fit fairly well on AMC though I'd personally rather see HBO take it on considering the issues recently behind the scenes on AMC. It's definitely not like any other series HBO has done - it'd be a far bigger leap for them than Game of Thrones was (considering tonally, that show fits right into HBO's oeuvre), but it would also be an awesomely bold move to bring viewers in. I doubt they would but it doesn't hurt to throw it out there.

The series is great because of
Yeah this feels like it would fit fairly well on AMC though I'd personally rather see HBO take it on considering the issues recently behind the scenes on AMC. It's definitely not like any other series HBO has done - it'd be a far bigger leap for them than Game of Thrones was (considering tonally, that show fits right into HBO's oeuvre), but it would also be an awesomely bold move to bring viewers in. I doubt they would but it doesn't hurt to throw it out there.

The series is great because of the accumulation of EPISODIC events, stories and tangents, not because of one really strong unifying storyline. It makes far more sense as a TV show.
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8:01PM on 03/15/2012
First half of the series was awesome, second half was not.
First half of the series was awesome, second half was not.
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1:17PM on 03/15/2012
Yeah, this one definitely needs a TV show to do it justice.
Yeah, this one definitely needs a TV show to do it justice.
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