It has been a while since we’ve heard anything of note regarding New Line’s long gestating adaptation of Brian K. Vaughn’s much loved Vertigo comic book series ‘Y: The Last Man’. Originally setup in 2007 for director D.J Caruso and writer Carl Ellsworth for a potential trilogy along with Caruso’s ‘Disturbia’ and ‘Eagle Eye’ leading man Shia LaBeouf, that project fell through the cracks and has been languishing in the dank pits of development hell ever since.
But now the project seems to be picking up steam again with The Hollywood Reporter bringing word today that two new freshly squeezed screenwriters have been hired to take a crack at adapting Vaughn’s series.
Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia are currently in final negotiations over at New Line to bring the story of Yorick and his capuchin companion to the big screen, the duo starting again completely from scratch.
For those of you not in the know, ‘Y: The Last Man’ was created by Vaughn and artist Pia Guerra and ran for sixty issues beginning in 2002. The story follows Yorick Brown who survives a cataclysmic event that wipes out every living creature that happens to have a Y chromosome. Stranded in a world now populated only by women, Yorick teams up with a government operative, 355, to attempt to uncover the mystery of the plague and discover why he and his simian friend are the last males to survive.
Federman and Scaia are not new to the whole post-apocalyptic thing having worked on the short-lived series ‘Jericho’. The pair also has many other TV writing credits to their names, including work on such shows as ‘Human Target’, ‘Warehouse 13’ and the recent reboot of ‘Charlie’s Angels’. As well as Y the pair have also scored another big studio project with Sony’s as yet untitled Zorro origin project.
Hopefully we actually begin to see some movement on this thing and Federman and Scala are not just the next pair in a long line of writers on a conveyor belt that studios big wigs crank on a continuous basis, as is so often the case with these sorts of projects.
J.C. Spink, Chris Bender and David Goyer are producing. Mason Novick and Jake Weiner are executive producing. Caruso & LaBeouf are no longer involved.