Y: The Last Man won’t be a film anytime soon. Despite a couple of false starts, New Line (a division of Warner Bros)’s option on the comic has expired, reverting the rights back to Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra.
Dan Trachtenberg was last attached to direct the movie early last year, and told Slashfilm the news. He then went on to tell them a bit about his plans for the film adaptation of Vertigo’s biggest success this side of Sandman.
”I started getting excited about bringing to the BIG screen what we’ve been getting in TV so readily now - great characters, relationships, world build, and genre re-combination.” Trachtenberg said the script for the film was “essentially the first two trades,” seeking to “tell a complete story… but not the whole story,” hoping for a franchise.
The director said the movie would’ve had some flavors (and references to) of films like Raiders of the Lost Ark, Midnight Run, Willow, and Ladyhawke. He praised the screenwriters and producers he worked with, along with BKV, and while it’s just supposition, says he’s “not sure Brian will ever want to do anything more with it,” implying the hopes of a film adaptation of Y may be just plain dead, not just this adaptation.
Either way, that’s up to Vaughan and Guerra again, now. We at Newsarama always thought it would work better for TV anyway, and DC has been on quite the roll of adaptations, even throwing some Vertigo into the mix, so maybe they can help facilitate something for this creator-owned epic they once published.