Y: The Last Man Film Gets Cancelled with Creators Getting Back Rights. Back in 2013, Dan Trachtenberg was assigned to direct an adaptation of the comic series Y: The Last Man. However, with no scheduled shooting to start, the rights were reverted back to the creators.
In a Twitter response to a fan asking about the status of the film, Dan Trachtenberg tweeted, “Not happening. But it’s in trusted hands (the creators).”
Dan referred to creators Brian K. Vaughn and Pia Guerra, whose rights the comic series reverted to from New Line Cinema after film plans were cancelled. The dystopian comic book series ran for 60 issues from 2002 to 2008 earning the Eisner Award for Best Continuing Series and a Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story.
The series told the story of Yorick Brown, one of only two men who survives a worldwide epidemic killing every male mammal in the planet. With only his pet monkey Ampersand, Yorick tries to survive in the world mostly populated with women. Yorick teams up with a government agent named 355 to find the truth about the plague and why he is the only male to survive. The post-apocalyptic setting explored different issues like modern gender politics in a coming-of-age drama. The comic has also been known for its strong female characters and its dystopian backdrop.
In an interview with Slash Film, Dan spoke about his ideas on what could’ve been a good film. “Taking inspiration from the original Star Wars – we wanted to tell a complete story…but not the whole story. Hoping that, in success, we could get tell the rest of our serialized adventure.”
With plans cancelled to adapt Y: The Last Man, Dan isn’t so sure if an adaptation is necessary. “I’m not sure Brian will ever want to do anything more with it,” Trachtenberg said, “and I’m not sure that he needs to.”
Will Y: The Last Man ever get adapted into a feature film or TV series or should it be left alone as a comic series?
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