A potential adaptation of Brian K. Vaughan's celebrated comic book series "Y: The Last Man" has bounced around in Hollywood for years now, with little movement past the script stage. Most recently, "I Am Number Four" director D.J. Caruso reported that he was still "loosely attached" to the project, though he indicated that the massive amount of source material and differences with the studio over how to present it — as a solo movie or a trilogy — had left the project in limbo.
However, movie blog Latino Review reported an anonymously sourced rumor back in March that "Incredible Hulk" director Louis Leterrier was "circling" the "Y: The Last Man" adaptation, though the project was still plagued by internal differences at studio New Line Cinema regarding the proper approach to the film.
I spoke with Leterrier recently regarding the "Y; The Last Man" rumor, and along with receiving some confirmation of his dealings with the studio, he also offered up some thoughts on how he'd approach such an ambitious adaptation.
"I'm surprised that it hasn't gotten made yet," Leterrier told MTV News. "The first time I read it, I was in France and doing my little movies, and I didn't think I would ever have access to these kinds of movies. Midway through 'Clash of the Titans,' I was like, 'What's going on with 'Y The Last Man'?' I called one of the producers and asked what was going on, and he said it was available. I said, 'Let's go!'"
"DJ Caruso was supposed to do it with Shia Labeouf, and that sort of went on and was over, so I went in and said, 'Please, please let me have it!'" he explained.
As for where it stands now, Leterrier said the adaptation remains in murky waters, with no agreement over how best to translate the series to the screen, and no certainty whether it's meant for the big screen as one movie or several, or even as a television series.
"It's kind of stuck somewhere now," said the filmmaker. "I still want to do it. I'm passionate about it. But it's stuck. People don't know what to do with it. I'd love to do it, but I need people to finance it, and the people financing it don't know if it's a TV show a movie, or what it should be."
And though the studio doesn't seem quite certain how to handle "Y: the Last Man," the French filmmaker says he's already thought about it quite a bit — and has some ideas about how he thinks it should be presented.
"It could play as a movie, but it would be very interesting as a TV show," he said. "[It wouldn't work as] one large film, no. I'd love to do it as a TV show or a three-part series."
"I like the idea of a TV show," he continued. "You take time to get to know your characters. You can introduce a lot of characters. You don't need your three-action set pieces that you usually need for movies. Frankly, with HBO and Showtime and cable shows, the DVD box sets and all, you can have a product that doesn't make you feel like as soon as it's projected, it's thrown away. It's really a piece of art."
So, while "Y; The Last Man" is likely no closer to production than it was several months ago, that doesn't mean it's far from filmmakers' minds. What shape it will take when it's eventually adapted — if at all — has yet to be determined, though.