Y: The Last Man Film Still In Limbo

“The Incredible Hulk” and “Clash of the Titans” director Louis Leterrier says he still wants to direct the film adaptation of acclaimed comic “Y: The Last Man”, but the project itself is proving a difficult sell.

“It’s kind of stuck somewhere now. I still want to do it. I’m passionate about it. But it’s stuck. People don’t know what to do with it. I’d love to do it, but I need people to finance it, and the people financing it don’t know if it’s a TV show a movie, or what it should be” the helmer told MTV News.

One approach that definitely appeals to him is as a big-budget serialised TV series, an approach that would be looked favourably upon by financiers and networks these days after the recent highly successful series launch of the zombie-themed comic adaptation “The Walking Dead” on AMC.

“It could play as a movie, but it would be very interesting as a TV show. [It wouldn’t work as] one large film, no. I’d love to do it as a TV show or a three-part series. I like the idea of a TV show. You take time to get to know your characters. You can introduce a lot of characters. You don’t need your three-action set pieces that you usually need for movies. Frankly, with HBO and Showtime and cable shows, the DVD box sets and all, you can have a product that doesn’t make you feel like as soon as it’s projected, it’s thrown away. It’s really a piece of art.”

Frequent “Lost” scribe Brian K. Vaughan created the original acclaimed graphic novel series which 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.

The project was setup at New Line years ago but has been stuck in development hell. Shia LaBeouf and director D.J. Caruso (“Disturbia,” “Eagle Eye”) were said to be circling the project, but last year LaBeouf dropped out. During production of ‘Clash’, Leterrier discovered the project was available and snapped up the option for it.