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For many years, over a decade in fact, there have been rumblings that the graphic novel 'Y: The Last Man' would be getting the big screen treatment. Yet somehow, nothing ever surfaced. Now it appears New Line, riding an enthusiastic reaction to the latest draft of the script by 'Jericho's Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia, has bumped the feature film version to their top priorities list. Brian K. Vaughn's dystopian graphic novel revolved around Yorick Brown and his pet monkey, the only two survivors of a spontaneous plague that killed every other being on Earth bearing a y-chromosome. New Line has begun the process of finding a new director for the film. D.J. Caruso ('Disturbia') was the last one attached, but departed the project two years ago. Again, this has been in development for a while.
Well, I guess it's finally time for me to prioritize 'Y: The Last Man' as well, and move it to the top of my ever-growing must read pile of graphic novels. Even without knowing the finite details, the central conceit alone is enough to pique my interest. I am a sucker for all manner of post-apocalyptic and dystopian fiction and this particular cataclysm is fascinating. Of course, we've been fooled before by news of the 'Y: The Last Man' movie moving forward, but given that 'Jericho' was a show that was also about life after an apocalypse, it's not surprising Federman and Scaia were able to scribe something that got the studio excited enough to finally actually move forward. Obviously the director choice and casting of Yorick are vital components yet to fall into place. Is it too much to ask that someone like Neill Blomkamp ('District 9') gets the directing gig?
Who would you chose as director? As star? Any 'Y: The Last Man' fans care to give their input? What must the movie do to uphold the effectiveness of the graphic novel?