In the past few years of writing about movie news, one of the films I’m most disappointed never made it to the big screen was D.J. Caruso’s adaptation of Brian K. Vaughan’s excellent comic Y: The Last Man, starring Shia LaBeouf as the protagonist, Yorick. To simplify the story to one sentence, it follows Yorick, an escape artist, and his pet monkey, Ampersand, as they search for Yorick’s girlfriend after a global event decimates the male population, leaving them as the last two male mammals on earth. It’s a fantastic series, and a perfect entry point for the average moviegoer looking to get into comics.
But even though Caruso’s version never progressed past the script stages, New Line hasn’t given up on the adaptation yet. The studio has hired Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia to take a crack at the script, proving that they still have an interest in seeing this amazing story transition to the big screen.
The Hollywood Reporter brings us the news, which points out that these new writers (who, frankly, I’ve never heard of until now) are pretty new to the game, having only written Zorro: Reborn for Sony in the feature world. They were writer/producers on some television shows including “Human Target,” but other than that, they’re fairly untested at this point. Fair enough – I’m glad they’re getting their shot, but this is obviously a property I hold dear, so I really hope they don’t screw this up. It’s a project with an epic, worldwide scope, so it’s going to be really tough to cram the whole story into one film. (Caruso and his writer, Carl Ellsworth, were planning a trilogy.)
And for all you LaBeouf haters out there, settle down – the actor left the project a couple of years ago fearing Yorick was too similar to his Sam Witwicky character from Transformers. That comparison bothers me a little bit, but I guess they’re close enough that he wants to avoid being typecast. (Though I swear this is the perfect role for him.) It’s going to be tough for any film to live up to the hype of the comic, but let’s hope that Federman and Scaia are the guys to make it happen. Do you still care about a Y: The Last Man movie? (Or did you ever?)