Will “Y: The Last Man” Rights Revert?

Comics author Brian K. Vaughn says that the film rights to his acclaimed graphic novel series “Y: The Last Man” could soon revert to himself and co-creator Pia Guerra.

A film adaptation of the comic has been in the works for over a decade with numerous writers and directors attached at one point or another. Dan Trachtenberg was linked as a potential helmer last year.

Vaughn tells Comic Book Resources: “It’s my understanding that the rights to ‘Y: The Last Man’ will revert back to co-creator Pia Guerra and me for the first time in a decade if the planned New Line adaptation doesn’t start shooting in the next few months. So I expect there will be some ‘Y’ news in 2014 either way.”

The comic follows young amateur escape artist Yorick Brown and his pet monkey Ampersand, the last two men on Earth. Something simultaneously kills every mammal on Earth possessing a Y chromosome – including embryos, fertilized eggs, and even sperm.

Society is plunged into chaos as infrastructures collapse and the surviving women everywhere try to cope with the loss of the men. Yorick goes on a mission to find his girlfriend Beth, who was on vacation in Australia.

Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia penned the most recent draft of the script.