All the way back in 2008, “Disturbia” director D.J. Caruso had planned to cast his former star Shia LaBeouf as Yorick, the last male human left on the planet after everything with a Y chromosome suddenly drops dead — everything, that is, except him and his pet monkey, Ampersand. Even with a script written by Vaughan himself, the going was tough for Caruso, and LaBeouf’s involvement soon became one of those on-again, off-again uncertainties.
MTV News caught up with Caruso on the set of his upcoming film “I Am Number Four” and managed to get an update of sorts on the status of the “Y: The Last Man” movie.
“It’s still in active development at New Line,” the filmmaker told MTV Movies Blog editor Adam Rosenberg. “I’m still kind of loosely attached.”
“We’ve taken about four cracks at the screenplay,” he explained. “It’s been a really tough one, only because there’s so much that you cover and trying to narrow it down [is a problem].”
Caruso went on to indicate that differing philosophies regarding the breakdown of the story had much to do with its stalled status, with his vision of a three-part saga clashing with the studio’s solo film plans.
“My problem that I have with New Line [is], they’re good people, but I felt you had to make this film as a trilogy,” he said. “[I felt] that you really had to deal with books one through four on their own. And I think there was a different philosophy there. They really wanted to cover a lot more ground [in one film], which I didn’t think would make for a great movie. I thought you’d be cramming too much into one movie.”
“So that’s where we left off,” continued Caruso. “Maybe when I get back [from shooting ’I Am Number Four’] we’ll try to get back into it. I really do love that project, so I hope we can make something work out. That’s been the problem. I think we’ve all felt the same frustration about it.”
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