Y: The Last Man Has a New Director

Brian K. Vaughan's acclaimed comic book series is headed to the big screen, courtesy of a first-time feature filmmaker.

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If you haven't read Y: The Last Man, well, we basically have nothing to say to you. Brian K. Vaughan's incredible comic book series, which ran for 60 issues between 2002 and 2008, took a concept previously relegated to tawdry 1990s Skinemax sex comedies and transformed it into a thought-provoking and endlessly inventive post-apocalyptic drama for our modern times. The series starred Yorick Brown, an escape artist who, for reasons unknown, is the last man on earth after a mysterious plague wipes out every other mammal on the planet with a y-chromosome (except for Yorick's pet monkey, Ampersand). With the world thrown into chaos, standing armies obliterated, most governments non-existent, and unreasonably male-dominated occupations suddenly unfulfilled (meaning most nuclear power plants are going critical and wildfires are raging out of control across the United States), Yorick sets out on a cross-country mission to find a way to clone himself and save the human race. 

Hollywood's been trying to get a Y: The Last Man movie made since before the series reached its long-planned conclusion, and probably came closest when Shia LaBeouf and his Disturbia director D.J. Caruso were attached in 2007, but the project has never coalesced. But they haven't forgotten about Vaughan's Eisner Award-winning series, and now Deadline is reporting that New Line has attached Dan Trachtenberg to direct the adaptation. And who, you ask, is Dan Trachtenberg…?

Yeah, he directed the hit short film Portal: No Escape, based on the critically-acclaimed video game series by Valve. It was a cool production, but extremely lean on story and character. We're not saying that means Dan Trachtenberg can't make a great Y: The Last Man movie, but let's not kid ourselves into thinking it's a slam dunk either. Y: The Last Man would be his first feature film, and it's a massive undertaking, filled with unique characters, mountains of relevant themes, an epic scale and ardent admirers who have no desire to see it done badly. Not to mention a sprawling 60-issue narrative that's probably better suited for a TV series adaptation than a single or even three-film franchise (which is not, at least according to this report, necessarily being discussed). It's a daunting proposition for any filmmaker. We hope he's got the chops.

Who could even play Yorick these days anyhow? Do we even have an amiable dude in his mid-20's capable of rich inner torment and personal conflict while still putting on a suicidally confident facade?

No, you are not allowed to say "Robert Pattinson." Stop it. Leave your real suggestions below.

William Bibbiani is the editor of CraveOnline's Film Channel and co-host of The B-Movies Podcast. Follow him on Twitter at @WilliamBibbiani.