‘Portal’ Fan Film Director Lands ‘Y: The Last Man’

Y: The Last Man” is inching closer and closer to reality, now that a new director has joined the long developing project.

Deadline reports that New Line has set commercial director Dan Trachtenberg for “Y,” based on the Vertigo Comics graphic novels written by Brian K. Vaughan and illustrated by Pia Guerra. This would mark Trachtenberg’s first feature film and easily his highest-profile work to date; until now, he was best known as the creator of the fan film “Portal: No Escape,” which you can watch below.

He is also one of the hosts of The Totally Rad Show.

Vaughan and Guerra’s “Y: The Last Man” takes place in a world where every male mammal on Earth suddenly drops dead — every one of them, except for amateur escape artist Yorick Brown and his pet monkey named Ampersand. Together, Yorick and Ampersand set off on a journey to find the truth behind the plague, traveling with the deadly Agent 355 and the brilliant Doctor Allison Mann.

It’s taken a long time for “Y” to move forward, with numerous filmmakers and actors attached at different points in time. Even Shia LaBeouf was once connected to the project. With Trachtenberg now at the helm, the project is presumably back at the starting line — but seeing as how it’s a top priority for New Line, we’ve got our fingers crossed that we’re finally, finally, about to see some meaningful development on the “Y” front.

It’s a big, ambitious project that won’t come together easily — but if treated with the proper respect and reverence to the source material, “Y” could stand out as one of the best comic book adaptations of them all. A lot at stake, and a lot to put on the shoulders of a first-time feature filmmaker… let’s see how it shakes out.

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