New Line Cinema has revived its long-stalled adaptation of Y: The Last Man, the acclaimed Vertigo series by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra, setting up writers to start from scratch on a new screenplay.
Heat Vision reports the studio is in final negotiations with Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia, television writer-producers whose credits include Human Target, Charlie’s Angels and Jericho, who’ll follow in the footsteps of Vaughan and Carl Ellsworth (Red Eye, Disturbia), both of whom have taken stabs at the script.
Published from 2002 to 2008, the Eisner Award-winning comic series 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 and to discover what wiped out the world’s Y chromosomes.
The film has been in development since at least 2007, with D.J. Caruso “loosely attached” to direct as recently as August 2010. That Ellsworth is no longer involved in Y: The Last Man suggests Caruso, too, has left the adaptation, which he’d envisioned as a trilogy.