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Less than six months after New Line Cinema revived the long-stalled Y: The Last Man, Vulture reports the studio is making the adaptation of the acclaimed comic book series a priority.
According to the website, the executives are so pleased with the draft from Jericho writers Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia that they’ve already begun meetings with potential directors. The duo follows original comic writer Brian K. Vaughan and Carl Ellsworth (Red Eye, Disturbia), both of whom have taken cracks at a project that’s been in development since at least 2007, with D.J. Caruso “loosely attached” to direct before walking away in 2010.
Published from 2002 to 2008, the Eisner Award-winning comic series by Vaughan and artist Pia Guerra follows Yorick Brown, an amateur escape artist who, with his pet Capuchin monkey Ampersand, is the last survivor of a mysterious plague that killed every other male mammal on Earth. The two set off on a globe-spanning journey to reunite with Yorick’s girlfriend and to discover what wiped out the world’s Y chromosomes.
Caruso and New Line, a sister company of publisher DC Comics/Vertigo, disagreed on the adaptation’s format, with the director envisioning a trilogy and the studio reportedly wanting a single film.