Vulture has reported that New Line Cinema may finally be be moving forward on developing the [long-gestating] feature-film adaptation of the popular Y: The Last Man comic book series, written by Brian K. Vaughan and illustrated by Pia Guerra.
The series follows an escape artist named Yorick and his lovable pet monkey Ampersand who find themselves to be the last surviving male members on the planet after a “plague” wipes out all creatures carrying the Y-chromosome. The 60-issue Vertigo series, which began its run in 2002, has always held a strong appeal for Hollywood developers and had its film rights snatched up by New Line Cinema back in 2007. Since then, however, the project has had its ups and down in terms of script rewrites and casting issues. Then, in March of 2012, it was reported that writers Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia had entered final negotiations to write a finalized script for the project with J.C. Spink, Chris Bender and David Goyer attached to produce.
It now appears that New Line Cinema is very happy with how the final script has turned out and are now preparing to scout for directors to helm, what could be, a trilogy of movies. Most fans of the series have long been on the fence about the idea of a feature film adaptation, insisting that a mini-series with a large budget could probably deliver the expansive storyline far better than a 2-hour feature. Then again, if a series of films is on the table, it’s possible that New Line Cinema could have something special on their hands if executed correctly.
Would you rather have Y: The Last Man be developed as a trilogy of feature films or see it told in a properly financed mini-series (ie, HBO)?