Four months after it was said to be making “Y: The Last Man a priority,” New Line Cinema has settled on a director for its long-stalled adaptation of the acclaimed post-apocalyptic comic by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra.
Deadline reports the studio has hired Dan Trachtenberg, a commercials director who has created television ads for the likes of Coke and Lexus and gained attention for his live-action fan short based on the video game “Portal.”
Published from 2002 to 2008 by Vertigo, the Eisner Award-winning “Y: The Last Man” 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, discover what wiped out the world’s Y chromosomes and find out why they survived.
The adaptation has been in development since at least 2007, with D.J. Caruso “loosely attached” to direct as recently as August 2010. Caruso and New Line, a sister company of publisher DC Comics/Vertigo, disagreed on the format of “Y,” with the director envisioning a trilogy and the studio reportedly wanting a single film. New Line revived the project in March 2012, hiring “Jericho” writers Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia to take a stab at the script. Vaughan and Carl Ellsworth (“Red Eye'” “Disturbia”) penned earlier drafts.
You can watch Trachtenberg’s “Portal” short below.