Y: The Last Man film gains momentum
New Line’s graphic novel adaptation finds a director.
Y: The Last Man is the story of Yorik Brown, the last man on Earth. A mysterious event wipes out every male mammal on the planet simultaneously, with the exception of Yorik and his pet monkey.
Yorik travels with a secret service agent assigned to protect him - called only Agent 355 - and a scientist who thinks she is responsible for the disaster. The trio adventure across the country, escaping a band of madwomen intent on ridding the world of the presence of man once and for all.
It is one of the best sci-fi graphic novels ever written. Indeed, the book has won great acclaim since it’s 2002 release, clinching several awards, including 5 Eisners.
New Line picked up the film rights a few years back, and has had the film in development for a few months. The script penned by Jericho writers Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia was recently completed, prompting the studio to bring on Dan Trachtenberg to helm the film.
This will be Trachtenberg’s first feature directing gig, though he’s also signed up to direct Crime of the Century over at Universal, which is also still in development. He’s made a career so far directing commercials, but got some serious notice a couple years back when he directed a short film based on the Valve video game franchise Portal.
Y: The Last Man is being produced by David S. Goyer, Chris Bender, and J.C. Spink. Now that a director has been found, casting can begin, and the final days of development are at hand. No dates have been announced, but I would expect production to begin sometime mid-2013 for a Spring 2015 release, if everything stays on track.