For what seems like an eternity now, an adaptation of Brian K. Vaughan‘s incredible graphic novel series, Y: The Last Man, has been in the works.
For most of that time, Disturbia and Eagle Eye director D.J. Caruso has been attached along with his star from those two movies, Shia LaBeouf. At first, LaBeouf seemed a perfect fit for the lead role of Yorick Brown, but as time has moved on and the actor has become a much bigger star, this team has felt less and less fitting and things never played out.
Since then, The Incredible Hulk and Clash of the Titans director Louis Leterrier‘s name has been said to be in the mix to take it on, and while nothing official has come of that, MTV was able to talk to him recently about where things stand in the ever-difficult task of bringing a live-action version of the graphic novel to our eyes.
The main reason there’s been so much difficulty in making the adaptation a reality is that there’s been a constant debate over whether to make just one movie, a trilogy of movies, or even a TV series. According to Leterrier, the project is still firmly stuck, and this looming question is exactly the reason why.
Here’s what Leterrier said about how he came to get involved and why it’s currently stuck:
DJ Caruso was supposed to do it with Shia Labeouf, and that sort of went on and was over, so I went in and said, ‘Please, please let me have it!’
It’s kind of stuck somewhere now. I still want to do it. I’m passionate about it. But it’s stuck. People don’t know what to do with it. I’d love to do it, but I need people to finance it, and the people financing it don’t know if it’s a TV show a movie, or what it should be.
For anyone who’s read the series, I think we can all make this very easy for the studios struggling with this conundrum. There’s simply TOO much great content in Vaughan’s masterpiece to even bother with just one movie. This is something born to be made into a TV series, so long as it ends up on either HBO, Showtime, or Starz where rules are at a minimum and everyone can remain perfectly faithful to the source material. The Walking Dead is proving quite convincingly that they can get away with some crazy stuff on other networks these days, but even so, I still don’t personally think it will work unless nothing is restricted and anything goes.
Yes, a trilogy of movies could possibly work…as a last resort. But if a TV series is an option, someone involved in this needs to contact the big three mentioned above and make the magic happen.
Leterrier also spoke about this, touching on how he does think movies could work but why TV is the ultimate solution here:
It could play as a movie, but it would be very interesting as a TV show. [It wouldn’t work as] one large film, no. I’d love to do it as a TV show or a three-part series.
I like the idea of a TV show. You take time to get to know your characters. You can introduce a lot of characters. You don’t need your three-action set pieces that you usually need for movies. Frankly, with HBO and Showtime and cable shows, the DVD box sets and all, you can have a product that doesn’t make you feel like as soon as it’s projected, it’s thrown away. It’s really a piece of art.
If they’re smart enough to do a TV series, then the question for us becomes, is Louis Leterrier right for the job? The Incredible Hulk was very good, but Clash of the Titans fell on its face hard. It would be okay if he were involved in making it happen and acting as a producer perhaps, but a solid team of TV directors would have to be involved as well. Leterrier likes his CGI elements, and this is one where I would want to see as little CGI as humanly possible. It’s all about the characters and their struggles, and that needs to be the ultimate focus.
Oh, and having Mr. Vaughan help out as an adviser/producer and maybe even a writer would not only be smart, it would be pretty much a requirement.
Now, we the geek nation demand all parties involved with Y: The Last Man and HBO, Showtime, and Starz set up lots and lots of meetings until a deal is struck. Leterrier brings the donuts.