If ‘Y: The Last Man’ Movie Doesn’t Start Production Soon, It May Never Happen
The last we heard on the 'Y: The Last Man' movie adaptation, Dan Trachtenberg was hired to direct and New Line executives said the film was a "top priority." Over a year later, we've heard next to nothing on the development of the film, but now, 'Y: The Last Man' co-creator Brian K. Vaughan said that if the movie doesn't get made in the next few months, it's not getting made at all.
A 'Y: The Last Man' adaptation has been in the works for 10 years now and came the closest over those 10 years to getting made when Shia LaBeouf was attached to star with DJ Caruso directing. Both were hot off the success of 'Disturbia' (wow, with Shia going off reservation, that feels like forever ago) and had interest in the project. For a variety of reasons, the two moved on to other projects and the film was never made. Now, despite the addition of a new creative team, the project may never get made.
Vaughan, who starting writing the comic back in 2002, was asked for an update by Comic Book Resources and said:
It’s my understanding that the rights to Y: The Last Man will revert back to co-creator Pia Guerra and me for the first time in a decade if the planned New Line adaptation doesn’t start shooting in the next few months, so I expect there will be some Y news in 2014 either way.
Considering absolutely no movement has been made on the film in over a year, we can't imagine that Trachtenberg and New Line will be ready to begin shooting in a few months. Now, that doesn't mean that a filmed adaptation of the popular comic will never happen, but if it does, it will likely be something episodic - whether it be an HBO miniseries or something akin to 'The Walking Dead.' (In fact, it was Caruso's reluctance to turn the sprawling 'Y' books into a two-hour movie that led to his departure.)
Vaughan and Guerra may just decide to hold on to the rights and never let anything happen with it, and that would certainly be their prerogative (and we couldn't blame them considering the protracted development so far). But, Vaughan, a TV writer in his own right (he currently writes and produces 'Under the Dome' and previously worked on 'LOST') could opt to finally develop his own version and shop to interested networks.
In any event, it's hard to get too upset about the rights to a beloved comic returning to the creators. It sure beats a Shia LeBeouf movie.