Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Y ends, and begins...

So as you may know, I'm a fan of Brian K Vaughn's comic series Y: The Last Man. In fact other than Warren Ellis, Vaughn is probably my absolute favorite comic writer ever. Y in particular is a gripping story that is very accessible and entertaining; consequently I often use it as an ideal jumping off point to introduce non-comic book folk to the graphic arts. Admittedly I am a bit behind on the series, but that might have more to do with the fact that I only read my comics these days in trade format than anything else. So it's sad news to note that this month Y: The Last Man has finally after a very solid 60 issue run come to a conclusion.

But fear not, as I mentioned here a while back, Y the Last Man is coming to the big screen, and we recently got a few scant but tender morsels of news on it. Set to be directed by DJ Caruso, and written with Carl Ellsworth, the lingering rumors that Shia Labeouf is up for the lead have substantiated themselves. While nothing is official yet, and Shia has recently talked about how he's not sure where it will fit into his schedule, it's clear that everyone involved wants him for the job. Additionally in a recent USA Today interview Caruso has talked a bit about the initial plan to cram the entire story into one movie is not really fesable, so they have moved onto crafting a Y trilogy of films! The first film, whenever it actually gets made, will cover only the first 14 issues of the comic. The material is dense, and it deserves the time. Caruso also says that he intends to make Y his next project after he wraps on Eagle Eye (also starring Shia Labeouf) this March, but since he, and Shia intend to take some time off the start date has not been set just yet.

I'll definitely keep my eyes open for more Y the Last Man movie news, but in the meantime I highly recommend you try out the comics. It's really a great read, that will only get you more excited to see it on the big screen.

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