Brian K. Vaughan fans rejoice. It appears that his cult hit comic book “Y the Last Man” movie adaptation has gained some momentum and New Line just hired Dan Trachtenberg to direct it. “Who is he?” you may ask. Well, he’s the dude who made this fake movie trailer for Portal, that one crazy puzzle game that everybody loves.
It’s quite impressive, but perhaps I’m getting ahead of myself. You’re probably wondering what the hell “Y the Last Man” is and whether you should even care. Here is an excerpt from Wikipedia, which despite my co-host Anthony Burrola’s opinions, remains trust-worthy as long as you’re not trying to write a college paper or brush up on your history.
On July 17, 2002, a mysterious plague kills every male mammal on earth except for Yorick and his monkey Ampersand. Two months later, Yorick arrives in Washington, D.C. and finds his mother, Representative Brown. After dealing with a rogue group of gun-totting Republican widows, the new President assigns Agent 355 to escort Yorick to Boston, the last known location of the geneticist Dr. Mann. They hope that Mann can study Yorick, discover the reasons behind Yorick’s survival, and help repopulate the world. Three days later, Alter Tse’elon, new chief of the general staff for Israel, is informed of Yorick’s existence. Israeli soldiers destroy Dr. Mann’s lab, forcing her, 355, and Yorick to travel to San Francisco California to her backup lab. All the while, Yorick is more concerned with finding his girlfriend Beth, on vacation in Australia, to whom he proposed over the phone the instant the plague hit.
Sounds like the best male fantasy ever.
It also appears that more and more studios are taking their chances with small time directors (Jon Favreau for Iron Man 1 and 2, Marc Webb for The Amazing Spiderman, Shane Black for Iron Man 3, etc.) to helm some potential money printing franchise projects and their risks had been paying off. Perhaps it’s because they’ve been counting on the ambitions and the visions these directors bring to their films. Perhaps they just wanted to keep the costs down and made money by sheer luck. Whatever it is, it seems like a great trend and I’m looking forward to seeing how this turns out.
Written by Daniel Lee