An exclusive from Latino Review, via one of their trusted sources, suggests that Louis Leterrier, director of 2008’s The Incredible Hulk, is circling the film adaptation of Y: The Last Man.
Y is one of a long list of comics / graphic novels that I really want to read but haven’t yet – the premise behind it is a very intriguing one. Written by Brian K. Vaughan (who has written 7 episodes of Lost, in addition to various other comics) and Pia Guerra, it takes place in a world where a “plague” has wiped out every mammal with a Y chromosome (i.e. men), save for the main character and his monkey. It sounds reminiscent of Children of Men or Stephen King’s The Stand – not in an entirely derivative sense, mind.
In 2007-2008, New Line purchased rights to the film – D.J. Caruso (Disturbia, Eagle Eye) was attached to the project, with Shia LaBeouf to potentially star as the last man himself. Latino Review’s source Pinche Taco states that this is no longer the case, and I can’t say I’m too upset about that.
Now Leterrier… Obviously Clash of the Titans hasn’t been released yet, and The Transporter films are a style-over-substance affair, but The Incredible Hulk was cool – was that actually down to Leterrier though? Pinche Taco says that “someone is trying to direct the movie which hopefully will give power to Team Brenner [president of production at New Line] to find a good director.” So the attention might bring in a better director? At least we know the project’s moving forward.
Taco also tells us that we shouldn’t count on Leterrier being the director of The Avengers, due to some sort of leadership feud over at Marvel / Disney. It’ll be interesting to see who eventually does direct the film in which the team of heroes comes together.