Brian K. Vaughan’s “Y: The Last Man,” which wrapped a few years ago, is about as perfect of a self-contained original series as the mainstream comic world has seen in recent history. Spread out over 60 issues and six years of publication, it’s also not the easiest series to condense, which is why a rumored film adaptation has remained just a rumor over the last few years.
But there may be some slow progress moving on that front: The Hollywood Reporter reports that writing partners Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia are in final negotiations to pen the New Line Cinema adaptation. They’re both relatively new to the movie game, but they’ve both logged experience writing for TV shows like “Jericho,” “Charlie’s Angels,” “Warehouse 13,” and another comic-inspired project, “Human Target.”
That makes it hard to say much about their ability to whip up a fresh take on the extensive and sometimes convoluted “Y” mythos, but maybe it means they’ve got an eye for speeding along story for watchability’s sake. Which may not appease “Y” diehards who think the adaptation deserves nothing less than a long HBO show, but we can’t always get what we want.
The two will come to a “Y” project that doesn’t have a director or a star attached — square one, basically, not entirely encouraging after all those years of production. Still, this is at least a step in the right direction, assuming you think a “Y” adaptation can work on the big screen. THR says that Federman and Scaia “will go back to the drawing board,” which means we’re probably still quite some time from any firmer plans being set in stone — like that director or that star, for one.
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